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Still No Extension Talks Between Panthers & Josh Norman, Could Meet At Combine

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers and CB Josh Norman have yet to begin discussing a long-term contract extension.

Person mentions that Panthers GM Dave Gettleman typically waits until the Scouting Combine to discuss new contract, so talks could pick up next week.

Norman is reportedly looking to to be paid as one the league’s top cornerbacks in the game, which means his asking price could be as high as $14 – $15 million per year.

The two-week period for teams to franchise players opened today, the expectation has been that Carolina will likely us their tag on him to at least buy them some addition time to negotiate a long-term extension.

Franchising Norman will run Carolina close to $14 million fully guaranteed for the 2015 season.

Norman, 28, is a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2012. He’s in the final year of his four-year, $2,299,000 rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months.

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 Norman featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.