This brings the list of teams that have inquired to 11 teams, including: the 49ers, Redskins, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Steelers, Bears, Rams, Titans, Jets and Dolphins.
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff denied the report from earlier in the day that they’re one of the interested teams in free agent CB Josh Norman.
“That’s not a direction that we are going,” Dimitroff said, per D. Orlando Ledbetter.
- Cole expects the bidding for Norman to likely end up north of the five-year, $62.5 million contract signed by CB Janoris Jenkins with the Giants.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee confirms that the 49ers are interested in free agent CB Josh Norman. However, the 49ers would prefer to meet with Norman before getting serious about signing him to a contract.
- Charles Robinson reports that Norman would like to have a deal done in the next week in order to settle in with a new team.
- Schefter adds that the Titans and Jets are also among the teams with interest in Norman.
- According to Jason La Canfora, the Steelers are not pursing Norman, despite previous reports.
Robinson adds that the Jaguars are expected to have strong interest in signing Norman as as well. However, the 49ers are considered to be the “leading” candidate between the two franchises.
Recent reports have said that as many as nine teams have contacted Norman since the Panthers announced they’ve rescinded the franchise tag from him.
The list of teams who have reached out to Norman reportedly includes the 49ers, Buccaneers, Steelers Bears, Rams and Dolphins.
It’s worth mentioning that the 49ers and Jaguars both have plenty of cap space to work with and could use some help at cornerback. Also, Adam Schefter reported that playing in California is something that could appeal to Norman.
Reports said that Norman could sign for as much as $15-$16 million per year on the open market, so it will be interesting to see what kind of money he’s able to secure from another team.
We just updated each team’s available cap space as of today in case you’re wondering if a certain team could afford him right now.
Norman, 28, is a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2012. After playing out the final year of his four-year, $2,299,000 rookie contract, Carolina elect to use their franchise tag on him over a month ago.
In 2015, Norman appeared in all 16 games for the Panthers and recorded 56 tackles, four interceptions with two being returned for touchdowns, three forced fumbles, two recoveries, and 18 pass defenses for the Panthers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 6 cornerback out of 118 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.