But during an appearance on the Redskins Talk podcast, Fred Smoot explained that he thinks the team should cut ties with Norman now. According to the ex-player, No. 24 isn't delivering on the No. 1 cornerback money Washington is paying him.
"You have to ask yourself, 'Where am I expendable?'" Smoot said on the pod. "I'm going to look at that big cap number that Josh Norman has and that's going to make me want to release him."
Earlier this offseason, Jay Gruden was frank and told the media he needs more from Norman. "Superstar status" is how Gruden labeled his expectations for the 31-year-old.
Smoot, though, doesn't even want to wait another season.
"You wouldn't go to a used car lot and try to pay new car prices, would you?" he said. "At the end of the day, for what we pay for this guy, we're not getting that return on that investment. I'm sorry, we paid too much for the car, it's time we trade it back in."
Now, the problem with Smoot's idea is that the 'Skins aren't exactly loaded at the position behind Norman, nor are there any useful free agents left on the market. So, if the Burgundy and Gold were to get rid of Norman this offseason, how would they replace him?
Well, Smoot believes Quinton Dunbar was the top CB in 2018 when healthy, and he has high hopes for Fabian Moreau, too. Those two, he thinks, are due for even more progress in 2019.
Then there's a rookie that Smoot is very excited about as well: Jimmy Moreland.
"He's got a lot of what I like," Smoot said of the Day 3 selection. "He plays with a lot of emotion. He's got elite ball skills... I think he's going to be one of these guys that you find in the seventh round that's going to end up having a 10, 12-year career. This guy could be a Pro Bowler, he has that type of skill set."
Overall, Norman has two years left on the five-year deal he signed with the Redskins back in 2016. Sometimes, Washington has been hesitant to drop a player in the middle of those kinds of extended contracts. Yet Smoot sees this particular case as a potential building block for the franchise.
"The best thing you can ever have with your football team is you have to cut people that other people want on their team," he said. "If you have to cut good players, that means you have the right group of guys."
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