49ers sign former Pro Bowl corner Norman to one-year deal

Josh Norman

The 49ers' secondary reportedly has a new member.

San Francisco has agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Josh Norman, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday. 

One day later, the 49ers announced they have officially signed Norman to a one-year contract. They released cornerback Dontae Johnson to make room on the roster. 

Norman, 33, has appeared in 120 games (95 starts) over the course of his nine-year NFL career, with 440 combined tackles, 15 interceptions and 83 passes defended. He is a one-time All-Pro and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Norman recorded 24 combined tackles and one interception in nine games (three starts) with the Bufallo Bills last season. He also added one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. His 72.4 overall grade on Pro Football Focus ranked 17th among all NFL cornerbacks.

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported, citing a source, that Norman's deal with the 49ers is worth up to $2.5 million. That's more than the veteran's minimum.

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Given the 49ers' reported financial commitment to Norman, it would seem his spot on the team's 53-man roster is secure. Norman should provide San Francisco with additional veteran insurance behind incumbent starters Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley, and another mentor for rookies Ambry Thomas and Deommodore Lenoir.

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