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Josh Norman signs with Washington on 5-year contract

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Cornerback Josh Norman, who became a surprise free agent this week, signed with the Washington Redskins, the team announced on Friday night.

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The Josh Norman sweepstakes did not last very long. Two days after the Carolina Panthers removed the franchise tag from the All-Pro cornerback, Norman agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins. According to multiple reports, the deal is a 5-year contract worth $75 million, with around $50 million in guaranteed money. That works out to $15 million per year, exactly between the $14- to $16-million price range reported when Norman initially hit free agency. Nofman is now the highest paid cornerback in the league.

Norman was also expected to receiver offers from the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, but never left the Redskins' facilities after arriving there earlier on Friday. The Miami Dolphins, who are looking for a starter opposite Byron Maxwell, were reported to be interested in Norman, but were not considered among the favorites.

Norman picked off four passes, returning two for touchdowns, last season, along with 18 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 56 tackles. He allowed just a 60.9 passe rating against him last year, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time, as well as being a First-Team All-Pro selection.