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Author: Jon Kuzma
Every off-season tough decisions have to be made and sometimes that means letting a very good player go. Especially if that individual is making a lot of money and when it comes to the Washington Redskins’ roster Josh Norman is on the chopping block. Norman is slated to make $30M over the next two seasons but the team can cut him and only take on $9M dollars in dead cap. With Alex Smith’s contract completely throwing the Redskins salary cap out of whack it makes sense to release Norman and save $21M. Those are funds that could go a long way in improving the roster but losing a good cornerback is definitely going to hurt the secondary. Norman actually played really well after struggling in 2017. He picked off 3 passes and did a great job of covering some of the top receivers in the NFL. So if Washington does give him the pink slip it’s not because he doesn’t have it anymore. It’s actually the complete opposite and Norman improved his stock quite a bit. Which almost guarantees that someone will end up signing the 31 year old (Norman) if he does become a free agent. Truthfully going to a more competitive team could be the best thing that happens to Norman. The Chiefs, Texans, and Colts are a few of the possibilities and there’s no denying that adding a defender of that caliber will make their roster better. For someone like Kansas City that can be the difference between getting over the hump or not. Where ever Norman ends up going it feels like he has at least a couple more good seasons in him. It would be nice to see the veteran defensive back in the postseason competing for a championship. What’s a better way to measure his talent than going against the best?
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Josh Norman’s contract presents some salary cap problems. Which means the Redskins could release him.