Buckle in NFL fans, we will now get to see Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman square off twice a year for the next five seasons. On Friday, Norman signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Washington Redskins – an NFC East foe of Beckham’s New York Giants. The deal guarantees Norman an astounding $50 million, and makes him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.
Much like many of the other premier defensive backs in the league, the 28-year old has been a bit of a diamond in the rough. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2012 draft out of Coastal Carolina, and made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2015. His ability to shut down opposing teams’ No. 1 wide receiver helped make the Carolina Panthers one of the scariest defenses in the league.
At 6-feet, 195 pounds, Norman puts the Redskins in prime position to win the NFC East for the second consecutive season. Last year, Norman put together a masterful season which included 56 combined tackles, 18 passes defended, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 touchdowns.
After the Panthers shockingly revoked Norman’s franchise tag, the South Carolina native became the most coveted player on the free agent market. The Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints also looked to sign Norman, but in the end, Washington came out on top.
It will be interesting to see how Norman fits in the Redskins’ scheme, but a player of his caliber should have little trouble making an impact. And while seeing him square off against Beckham Jr. twice this year will certainly be entertaining, it is the Monday Night Football showdown against his former Carolina Panthers on December 19 that really has everyone excited.
Source: CBS Sports