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Redskins teammates on Josh Norman's playmaking ability: He's got that kill switch

Redskins teammates on Josh Norman's playmaking ability: He's got that kill switch

Little has gone right for the Redskins early in the 2016 season - the team has lost two home games to open the year and some cracks already appear to be showing in the team's foundation.

Despite the turmoil, cornerback Josh Norman has played great for Washington.

Signed to a $75 million contract this offseason, pressure mounted on Norman the moment he inked his Redskins deal.

Add in an offseason of flashy quotes and criticism from other players, and it has not been the easiest transition for Norman to go from Carolina to Washington. Regardless of the pressure, Norman's delivered on the field. 


In Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, Norman made an impressive play, forcing a fumble from Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot. On the play, Norman bolted to the line of scrimmage from the edge and attacked the ball, knocking it loose from the rookie. 

His teammates were impressed. 

"As soon as they snapped the ball, Josh has like, a kill switch," 'Skins cornerback Dashaun Phillips said (watch the full video above). "He pulled that trigger so fast. As soon as he hit him, the ball just popped out."

Phillips capitalized on the fumble by diving on it and giving the Redskins offense possession. For Norman, it marked one more ball-hawking play, a trait he's flashed a few times through two games.

In the opener, it looked like Norman forced a fumble from Steelers wideout Antonio Brown. Referees blew the play an incomplete pass, and the 'Skins coaches challenged but lost. Norman made a similar play against Dez Bryant on Sunday, though it was also blown incomplete.

"Josh has got a kill switch, and when he cut it on, it’s on," Phillips said.

The start hasn't been what Norman or the Redskins wanted, but Norman has been just what the Redskins wanted when the team signed him. 

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.