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Author: Jon Kuzma
With news coming out of Carolina that Josh Norman still hasn’t signed his franchise tag, one has to wonder if the 5th year defensive back is ever going to sign? After having his best season as a pro in 2015 which included 4 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns. Norman feels it’s in his best interest to sign a long term deal and get taken care of, rather than just caving in and accepting the 1 year franchise tag contract. Norman has worked very hard the past four seasons to develop himself into a marquee player. Which he finally obtained when he was in the running last season for defensive player of the year. Norman did a great job of going toe to toe with some of the best wide receivers that the National Football League has to offer and many times he came out on the winning side of the battles. Now it’s clear that Norman wants to be compensated like an elite cornerback and in order to get the contract Norman deserves he will have to be stiff in his business negotiations. Maybe that means holding out a few games to relay to the team that he serious about getting what he is due. One thing is for certain Carolina needs Norman on the field in a Panthers uniform if they want to get back to the Super Bowl and have a shot at winning the Lombardi Trophy in 2016. Norman has shown a knack for breaking on routes and being able to make big defensive plays for the Panthers. Losing those ball hawking skills in the defensive passing game would definitely be a regression for this football team and it would be in the Panthers best interest to find some kind of agreement with Norman. This could end up being a disaster if it isn’t addressed sooner rather than later and the situation is something to look out for heading into next season.
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