Redskins release former CU WR Paul Richardson, CB Josh Norman

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins on Friday introduced cornerback Josh Norman with a single calendar year still left on the huge deal he signed in 2016, and wide receiver Paul Richardson just after two disappointing, personal injury-plagued seasons.

Norman struggled to reside up to the anticipations set by the $75 million, 5-year deal he got immediately after placing collectively an All-Pro time in Carolina and being launched from the Panthers’ franchise tag. Washington will save $12.5 million against the wage cap in 2020 by cutting him now.

Releasing Norman a month right before totally free company could pave the way to give cornerback Quinton Dunbar a raise. Dunbar has explained he required to know wherever he stood with the organization.

That standing seems extra prominent in light-weight of Norman’s departure. Washington has 2017 third-spherical decide on Fabian Moreau and impressive 2019 seventh-rounder Jimmy Moreland on the roster, but Dunbar — a transformed receiver — is the best player at the placement.

The Redskins benched Norman from their defense but retained him active for quite a few online games late in the period. Even former Panthers mentor Ron Rivera having in excess of was not more than enough to retain Norman all over, though the 32-yr-previous did not count on that to conserve his career.

“You’ve received to put it on yourself as a human being to be improved inside what is occurring, and I wasn’t,” Norman mentioned on locker thoroughly clean-out day. “I can accept that.”

Norman tweeted earlier Friday he was “grateful for everything.” Norman experienced 7 interceptions and 43 passes defensed in 58 online games with the Redskins, who didn’t make the playoffs in any of people four seasons.