The San Francisco 49ers may be the favorite to land former Carolina Panthers star cornerback Josh Norman, according to a tweet from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson.
Norman became a free agent last night after the Carolina Panthers shockingly opted to rescind his franchise tag, which would have paid him nearly $14 million in 2016. Despite that, with no long-term deal in sight, Carolina opted to let him walk.
And the Niners are a team that would love to have Norman’s services in the secondary in 2016. San Francisco ranked 26th in receiving defense in 2016 and needs a fresh face in that department, especially with the offense-oriented Chip Kelly as head coach, and Norman could be that man easily.
Since being made a fifth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina in 2012, Norman has posted 181 tackles with seven interceptions and four forced fumbles in becoming one of the top corners in the NFL. Last season, he had a career high four interceptions, two of which were run back for touchdowns.
Thus, the 28-year-old could be a prime addition to a San Francisco defense that desperately needs a shutdown corner. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Josh Norman and his new free agency!
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