CB Norman a free agent, Panthers rescind franchise tag offer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Josh Norman, one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks, is now an unrestricted free agent after the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded their non-exclusive franchise tag offer to the All-Pro.

Norman did not sign the franchise tag offer from the Panthers which would have paid him $13.9 million in 2016.

Now he can sign with any team.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a release Wednesday that “after a number of conversations with Josh’s agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable” and that the organization wishes him well.

A former fifth-round draft pick, Norman had a career-high four interceptions and helped the NFC champion Panthers lead the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39), points off turnovers (148) last season. He also had 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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