It was clear that Norman’s time in Washington was coming to an end, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
By releasing Norman now, the Redskins have given him an opportunity to catch on with a new team well in advance of free agency. He also will not count against a team’s compensatory picks.
Norman, 32, is a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2012. He spent four years in Carolina and actually received the Panthers’ franchise tag following the 2015 season
However, Carolina surprisingly pulled the tender and he eventually signed a five-year, $75 million contract that includes $36.5 million fully guaranteed with the Redskins.
Norman was set to make a base salary of $12 million for the 2020 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Norman will free up $12.5 of available cap space while creating $3 million in dead money.
In 2019, Norman appeared in 12 games for the Redskins and recorded 40 tackles, one sack, an interception, a forced fumble and six passes defended. of NFL Media