Rumor: CB Josh Norman To Washington Redskins; Would Face Odell Beckham Jr. Twice A Year
Cornerback Josh Norman, nemesis to the New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., may find a new home in the NFC East. Norman will have a free agent visit with the Washington Redskins on Friday and according to Fox’s Peter Schrager, a deal could be done by the end of the day.
Norman became a free agent Wednesday night when the Carolina Panthers shockingly pulled the franchise tag after the two parties were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. The Panthers were willing to pay in the $10-11 million for Norman’s services, while he felt he deserved $14-16 million per year.
While the Redskins are the leaders to land Norman, the San Francisco 49ers are also in the mix. It appears Norman will get the money he demands from one of these suitors.
A signing would mean biannual rematches between the two stars: Norman and Beckham. The Week 15 showdown at MetLife Stadium ended with a Giants loss to the Carolina Panthers 38-35, but the Norman/Beckham faceoff was the main event. OBJ was flagged for three personal fouls and suspended one game for a running dive at Norman’s head.
Beckham finished the game with six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown; the majority of his production came after the scuffling had subsided.
ESPN analyst and former cornerback Herm Edwards said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” that Norman “may not like” facing OBJ twice a season. Edwards felt that Beckham “exposed” Norman in coverage.
The Giants also reached out to Norman’s camp, according to The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, but the chances of Norman heading to New York are slim to none. GM Jerry Reese said at his pre-draft press conference on Thursday, “We investigate everything,” when asked about potential interest in Norman.