Report: Redskins, 49ers 'front-runners' for free agent CB Josh Norman

The rumored interest by the Redskins into free agent CB Josh Norman is apparently more than just passing.

Forget about all the Kevin Durant to DC talk happening in these parts. It's time to take seriously the idea of Josh Norman to Ashburn.

One day after the Carolina Panthers removed the franchise tag from the Pro Bowl corner and hours after the Redskins were mentioned among many possible options, the race may be down to Washington and San Francisco.

Rapoport also reported via Twitter that the Redskins will meet with Norman Friday before any possible meeting with the 49ers.

Carolina placed the franchise tag on Norman last month, guaranteeing him $13.952 million in 2016. However, the corner, seeking a long-term deal never signed the tag. The situation escalated with Norman, who turns 29 during the 2016 season, planning to skip at least the first part of offseason workouts that begin on Monday.

The 49ers have more cap space, but are coming off a dismal season with little hope for a quick turnaround. The Redskins are coming off an NFC East title, but might have some maneuvering to do if they truly want Norman. 

Such a pricey free agent might seem against the grain for GM Scot McCloughan, but he has made such a move before.

The Redskins have a quality pair of corners in the rising Bashaud Breeland and veteran Chris Culliver, whose first season in Washington ended with a torn ACL knee injury. Culliver's rehab status is one of the main question marks heading into the new season and his contract scenario becomes curious if a Norman signing happens. Either way, neither CB is at the level of Norman. In today's NFL, few if any are.

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