The Carolina Panthers made a surprising move on Wednesday, rescinding the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. He’s now a free agent and likely to receive a contract in line with the best at the position.
One of those top-tier cornerbacks, Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, weighed in on Norman’s situation.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 20, 2016
The franchise tag would have paid Norman $13.95 million for the 2016 season if he had signed the tender. Peterson signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2014, with $48 million guaranteed, so Norman could command a similar long-term deal.
Norman’s resume as a top cornerback in the league is limited, and he only became a household name last season after emerging late in the 2014 campaign. Peterson, on the other hand, is a five-time Pro Bowler and has been one of the more consistent corners in the NFL since arriving in 2011.
It would have been nice to see Peterson let his shot at Norman stand, but he deleted the original tweet and then posted a retraction.
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) April 20, 2016