ASHBURN, Va. -- Whatever one thinks of Josh Norman's skills and whether they were worth a massive free agent contract, there's no denying the All Pro cornerback oozes confidence. Based on his lively and first press conference with the Redskins media, that confidence extends to his new team.
'We're on the rise," Norman stated while wearing a burgundy Redskins muscle shirt and a smile that radiated true belief in the words he uttered. "Get on the train or not."
That doesn't mean the 28-year-old can believe all that transpired last week, starting with the Carolina Panthers decision to let Norman enter free agency. The end result, a five-year, $75 million contract that will pay him $36 million over the next two seasons.
"Man, it's still surreal. It's kind of crazy. Here I am talking to you guys, with another team," said the enthusiastic Norman whose passionate tone often sounded like a preacher delivering a sermon to his flock. "I'm blessed and very fortunate to be here with this magnitude of an organization. I can't say enough great things about them. The history here...The golden age of football in the NFC East."
Other teams pursued Norman including the New Orleans Saints. After hearing the Redskins sales pitch Friday night, Norman consulted with his family before making a decision
“I went around and asked my brothers and mom and pop,” he said. “I actually went around the room and asked. Everyone gave me their spiel with the pros and cons, I weighted that.”
When the deliberating was done, the call was clear.
“So, OK, N. O. [New Orleans] and nobody raised their hand,” he said. “Then I said ‘Redskins’. I don't know what their president did, their GM, but everybody raised their hand. And I looked at them and was like, 'here we go'.”
Put aside the money, the drama and any future salary cap conundrum. What's clear is that the Redskins now have some serious cover options in the secondary with Norman, Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver plus former corner DeAngelo Hall at safety.
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