Josh Norman did not determine that the Redskins would be his next NFL team on his own. It was very much family decision.
His parents and his brothers accompanied him to Redskins Park as the team hosted his recruiting visit not even two full days after the Panthers made him a free agent by rescinding the franchise tag. After they heard GM Scot McCloughan, head coach Jay Gruden, president Bruce Allen, and team owner Dan Snyder—whom Norman called Mr. Scot, Mr. Gruden, Mr. Bruce, and Mr. Snyder, respectively—the family members gathered to make the decision.
The Saints had also put in a strong bid for Norman and it was down to them and the Redskins.
Norman gathered the opinions of his family.
“I went around and asked my brothers and mom and pop,” he said during a news conference at Redskins Park. “I actually went around the room and asked. Everyone gave me their spiel with the pros and cons, I weighted that.”
Then it was time to vote. It was unanimous.
“So, OK, N. O. [New Orleans] and nobody raised their hand,” he said. “Then I said ‘Redskins’. I don't know what their president did, their GM, but everybody raised their hand. And I looked at them and was like, 'here we go'.”
With the decision made, Norman signed his contract and got back on the plane to head back home. On Monday it was back to Redskins to don the burgundy and gold for the first time (he said that after he heard of the Redskins’ interest in signing him he looked up some information about the team, including the colors) and to start the offseason workout program.
The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.
Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.
Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.
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After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.
The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).
The salary cap hits per year are as follows:
2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million
The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.
Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.
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