The Carolina Panthers right now are looking like they are the Super Heroes of football because they pulled their Franchise Tag from Josh Norman, and now Norman is getting called out.
First it was the fans, saying that Norman is a bust, then they claim he is just a system cornerback, now they are saying that he is a one year wonder that is 28. But if you go back to last season, the same people talking trash were pumping him up.
Well in a recently written article by Joseph Person, the Panthers lowballed Josh Norman, and it was pretty bad.
The Panthers last summer offered Norman a five-year deal worth $37.5 million, with $15.5 million guaranteed. But he decided to bet on himself having a big season that would enhance his market value.
He bet on himself and won. He was a Pro Bowl corner, that helped lead his team to the Super Bowl. He also led the NFL yielding the lowest passer rating among cornerbacks on balls thrown his direction according to Pro Football Focus.
So how did the Panther reward him? They Franchised him paying him 13 million guaranteed, then pulled the offer on the table, after their latest offer.
Norman, a fifth-round pick in 2012, was looking for a deal along the lines of those signed by Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis, averaging at least $14 million a season. But the Panthers used the six-year, $63 million deal signed by Byron Maxwell last year as a comparable and came in with an $11 million a year offer, according to league sources.
11 million dollars? That is less that Janoris Jenkins who was just paid 12 million a year and did not make a Pro Bowl. JOSH NORMAN YOU WERE LOWBALLED!!!
The Panthers also gave Norman an opportunity to be traded, but after no success the team removed the Franchise Tag. They lowballed him plain and simple.