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.
Injuries restricted Richardson to 17 games over two several years with Washington. Right after signing a $40 million, five-yr offer in 2018 with the purpose of replacing the speed danger that evaporated with out DeSean Jackson, the CU product caught just 48 passes for 507 yards and 4 touchdowns with the Redskins.
Defensive stop Chris Odom and defensive again Kenny Ladler were being also unveiled. The major questions experiencing the Redskins now are the standing of Dunbar and left tackle Trent Williams, who didn’t enjoy all past year just after a dispute with the front business.
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