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Josh Norman Tried To Sign Tag With Panthers At Last Minute

Apr 25, 2016 9:48 AM

Josh Norman made a last-minute attempt to sign his franchise tag with the Carolina Panthers, according to a league source and multiple reports.

The Panthers made Norman a free agent on Wednesday when they rescinded the tag. On Friday, Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

After being informed that the tag had been rescinded, Norman contacted the Panthers, offering to fire agent Michael George and sign the tag. The tag would have guaranteed him $13.952 million in 2016.

By that time the Panthers had filed the paperwork with the league and decided to move on.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor

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Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington

Apr 22, 2016 7:40 PM

Josh Norman has agreed to sign with Washington on a five-year, $75 million deal.

The Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on Norman this week, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Norman also considered the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.

Norman emerged in 2015 as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. 

By moving to the NFC East, Norman will continue his rivalry with Odell Beckham Jr. twice per season (Week 3 & Week 17 in 2016).

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49ers, Washington Considered Frontrunners For Josh Norman

Apr 21, 2016 6:41 PM

Washington and the San Francisco 49ers are strongly pursuing Josh Norman in free agency and are considered the frontrunners.

The 49ers have the cap room to make a significant offer to Norman, who would be a substantial upgrade over their current cornerbacks.

Washington's need at cornerback is less pressing and they also have less cap space.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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David Gettleman Eager To Use Josh Norman's Cap Space

Apr 21, 2016 1:35 PM

Dave Gettleman didn't hesitate when asked what he could do with the $13.952 million in salary-cap space he got after rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman.

Gettleman said the flexibility he got in removing Norman's cap number and the unlikelihood that a long-term deal would be reached led to the decision.

By clearing his tag number, the Panthers now have approximately $31 million in salary-cap space. 

"I've said it before," Gettleman said during what initially was a pre-draft news conference. "I struggle with our coaches working their fannies off, developing players and letting them walk. I don't like that. I've always believed that the cap can be a great equalizer. I really believe it penalizes teams that draft well.

"You have to understand you can't keep everybody. It's impossible. So now you have to decide who you're going to allow to graduate. We've got some really good, young talent. This was a business decision. That's what this is folks, a business decision."

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Panthers Rescind Franchise Tag On Josh Norman

Apr 20, 2016 6:06 PM

The Carolina Panthers have removed the non-exclusive franchise tag from Josh Norman, making him an unrestricted free agent.

"After a number of conversations with Josh's agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "We have decided to rescind the Franchise Tag freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well."

The franchise tag had guaranteed Norman $13.952 million in 2016.

Norman had been seeking a long-term deal with the Panthers.

Gettleman had said at the NFL owners meeting last month he was "very comfortable'' with Norman playing under the tag.

Norman was one of the NFL's best cornerbacks in 2015.



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Josh Norman Won't Report To Voluntary Workouts

Apr 19, 2016 11:47 AM

Josh Norman will not report for voluntary offseason workouts when the Carolina Panthers begin their program on April 25.

Norman still hasn't signed the franchise tag that guarantees him $13.952 million in 2016. Until he does, he isn't under contract, so there is no incentive to report, barring a last-minute change.

Norman is seeking a long-term deal with the Panthers, who have until July 15 to strike a deal.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Broncos To Host Panthers In 2016 NFL Season Opener

Apr 14, 2016 7:29 PM

The Denver Broncos will host the Carolina Panthers in the 2016 NFL regular season opener.

The two teams will play on Sept. 8th on NBC.

The Panthers, who went 15-1 in the regular season, return most of the team that has won the NFC South the past three years, while the Broncos lost Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.

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Panthers Release Charles Johnson

Mar 3, 2016 11:23 AM

The Carolina Panthers have released Charles Johnson.

The move clears $11 million in salary cap space as Johnson was set to count just over $15 million against the 2016 cap.

Carolina now has more than $26 million in cap space.

"Charles was an impact player for the Carolina Panthers for a long time, both on and off the field," general manager Dave Gettleman said in a release. "His statistics speak for themselves, and as a team captain he led the way you want your leaders to lead -- by example.

"I wish him the best moving forward."

The Panthers could still re-sign Johnson in free agency.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Panthers Use Franchise Tag On Josh Norman

Mar 1, 2016 12:04 PM

The Carolina Panthers have placed the franchise tag on Josh Norman.

If the Panthers and Norman are unable to agree upon a long-term deal, he will play under a one-year salary of $13.952 million.

Norman emerged as one of the NFL's top cornerbacks this season.

Norman finished the 2015 season with four picks, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He added 48 tackles, three forced fumbles and 18 passes defensed to earn first-team All-Pro honors.

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Jared Allen Announces Retirement At 33

Feb 18, 2016 10:32 AM

Jared Allen has announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 33.

Allen was a fourth round pick out of Idaho State by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004 and quickly became one of the NFL's best pass rushers.

Allen retires as a five-time Pro Bowler.

Allen signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 and spent six of his best seasons there before joining the Chicago Bears. Allen's final game ends up being Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers.

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