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Dolphins calling about Josh Norman according to report

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The Miami Dolphins have called free agent cornerback Josh Norman's representatives, according to a report.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman Wednesday, a move that surprisingly added one of the top cornerbacks in the league to the free agency market just a week before the NFL Draft.Expected to be asking for a salary in the $15-16 million per season range, Norman will be an expensive addition to a team, but could immediately upgrade nearly any secondary.

The Miami Dolphins are one of the teams in the league who need to upgrade their cornerbacks, and according to a report, are making phone calls about Norman:

The Dolphins have $19 million in salary cap space remaining this year, according to the NFL Players Association. That could allow them to get creative with a contract and sign Norman, while leaving enough space to sign the team's draft picks as well. There are also ways the team could create more salary cap space, including re-working some contracts or releasing players.

Norman was drafted in the firth round of the 2012 Draft by the Panthers. He has started 38 games in four seasons, with a total of 53 games played, tallying seven interceptions with two touchdowns, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 185 tackles. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl last year, as well as being named a First-Team All-Pro selection.

The Dolphins currently have Byron Maxwell as the starting cornerback on one side of the defense, but behind him, it is a group of younger players who have yet to prove themselves as viable starters. Jamar Taylor, who would likely start opposite Maxwell if the team does not add another cornerback, lost playing time last year, as well as lost the confidence of the previous coaching staff. The Dolphins also have Bobby McCain, Tony Lippett, Chimdi Chekwa, Ifo Ekpe-Olomu, Tyler Patmon, and Damarr Aultmann available in the position group, and could look to move safety Michael Thomas back to his natural cornerback position as well.