Report: Panthers to use franchise tag on Josh Norman

The Carolina Panthers are looking to build off of their successful 2015 season that saw them go 15-1 and make their first Super Bowl appearance since 2003. It looks like they will have one big piece of their defense back for the 2016 season.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team is expected to use their franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman by the 4 p.m. deadline today. This doesn’t come as huge surprise as it buys them time to work on a deal with Norman.

The #Panthers are slated to franchise tag CB Josh Norman later today, source said. Not a surprise. They'll keep talking & try to do a deal.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2016

He was reportedly being shopped around in the range of $14-16 million, which would put him in the average per year category of the best three corners, Darrelle Revis, Patrick Peterson, and Richard Sherman, in the NFL.

Norman has been a great player for the Panthers since he came into the league as a fifth-round pick in 2012. He has recorded seven interceptions in his four-year career, four of which came last season.

He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns, which led the league last season. He also forced three fumbles and recorded 18 pass deflections on the year.

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