With the addition of Josh Norman, the Redskins’ secondary has gone from a weakness to an area that has the potential to be pretty strong when the season gets started.
The Redskins add Norman, who was a first-team All-Pro last year, to the solid and developing Bashaud Breeland at cornerback. The will be the starting tandem.
There has been talk that the Redskins might part ways with cornerback Chris Culliver to save $5.5 million against the cap, but that doesn’t appear to be happening. Assuming that his torn ACL has healed by the time the season starts he likely would come in for nickel situations and Breeland could slide in and play the slot.
The fourth corner would be Quinton Dunbar, who did a good job after converting from wide receiver during training camp last year. Veteran CB Greg Toler will aslo be in the mix.
Norman’s addition could help solidify the safety position. His presence should allow Will Blackmon, who started 10 games at cornerback for the Redskins last year, to focus on helping out at safety and perhaps even starting there.
Norman earned the All-Pro honors playing mostly zone defense in the Panthers’ favored Cover 3 scheme. The Redskins also run a lot of zone so Norman will be a good fit. He is also quite capable in man-to-man coverage so the Redskins can vary their coverage.