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REPORT: Josh Norman Wants $16 Million a Year

Carolina Panther's cornerback Josh Norman, who had a breakout year in 2015, is seeking a long-term deal that will pay him upwards of $16 million dollars per season, which would make him the highest paid corner in the league. The Panthers and Norman had expressed interest in getting a deal done, and have tried, but have been reported to be very far apart in their negotiations. If Norman sticks to his number and isn't willing to work with the Panthers, the chance Norman will be back with the Panthers after 2016 is very low. Norman has even hinted that he may hold out in 2016 if he doesn't get the deal he wants.

Here is where I think the problem comes in. I don't think Norman has proven himself worthy of being the highest paid cornerback in the league, honestly I don't think Norman has earned "elite" cornerback status yet. Norman started off 2015 with a bang, with four interceptions and two returned for touchdowns in the first five games, but for the rest of the season, didn't have an interception. Part of this was because teams decided to simply stay away from Norman and he didn't have the opportunities to make plays, but also consider 2015 was the first year Norman was a full time starter and had a large impact for the Panthers defense. One year isn't enough to justify what Norman wants.

The Panthers placed their franchise tag on Norman on March 1st, which would pay him almost $14 million for the 2016 season, but Norman has not yet signed his tender, and has strongly hinted that he will not do so anytime soon. Norman has also suggested he would not report to the Panthers offseason team activities.

If Norman and the Panthers cannot make any progress anytime soon, the Panthers may need to strongly consider attempting to trade Norman.

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