The Redskins are in the mix for cornerback Josh Norman, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. There would be plenty of pros and cons that Scot McCloughan would have to consider while debating such a move. Here are some of them.
Pro—Cornerback is a position of need for the Redskins and Norman was one of the best in the NFL at the position in 2015. He was a first-team All-Pro. His interception total was not impressive for a cornerback with such honors; he picked off only four. But as the season went on, teams started to throw to his area less and less as he locked down his part of the field.
Con—Norman has been a star for only one season. Prior to 2015 he had started just 22 games and intercepted three passes in three seasons. He was thought to be a solid prospect but his All-Pro season came out of the blue. It’s similar to Kirk Cousins’ situation in a lot of ways. How much faith should you have that each players’ 2015 performance represents the “real” player? Or was it a contract-year fluke?
Con—Norman reportedly wants a lot of money to prove that last year was the real him and not a one-time performance. He is looking for a deal averaging $16 million per year. That’s a big ask since it’s $2 million per year more than the five-year, $70 million deal that Darrelle Revis, who has seven Pro Bowl invitations on his resume and is a four-time first-team All-Pro, got from the Jets last year.
Pro—On the open market, Norman may not get as much as he is asking for. The highest-paid cornerback in free agency this year was Janoris Jenkins, who got a deal averaging $12.5 million per year (5 years, $62 million) from the Giants. Norman can probably get a deal worth more than that but at this point in time with so much big money already spent and so many teams set at cornerback there may not be the competition for his services that could drive bidding up sky high.
Pro—Norman is the sort of feisty, confident player that McCloughan loves. He’s not afraid to mix it up, as we saw during his battle with Odell Beckham Jr. last year. In a division with Beckham and Dez Bryant, two receivers who like to try to intimidate whoever is covering them, Norman’s refusal to give an inch would be a very valuable asset.
Con—Sometimes his attitude goes too far. He got into a scuffle with quarterback Cam Newton during training camp last year. Norman was flagged for a total of four unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. It may be a challenge to keep him under control.