Josh Norman joined the Washington Redskins in 2016 on a 5 year, $75 million dollar deal. Redskins fans throughout the country jumped with joy when they got the news. They knew he could elevate their secondary from good to elite. Bashaud Breeland, DeAngelo Hall, Donte Whitner and Josh Norman would strike fear in any opponent. Life was good for Redskins fans, at least for the day.
That was back in 2016. A lot has changed since then. Many people, including people in the front office, want to move on from Norman. However, there are still those people that want Norman to stay in Washington. According to 106.7 The Fan, one of those people is Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
There are many reasons to both move on and to keep Josh Norman. Let’s look at the reasons to move on with Josh Norman. A source told 106.7 The Fan that Norman’s celebrity lifestyle is “growing very old.” Redskins fans do not want to be involved in an Antonio Brown-esque situation.
There are many good things about Josh Norman though. First of all, he is one great football player. He had a down year in 2017 but bounced back this year with 3 interceptions and 9 pass deflections (via Pro Football Reference).
He would also save the Redskins money. If the Redskins were to release him before June 1, the Redskins would have to pay him $6 million. If they decide to keep him, however, they would pay him $3 million now and $3 million in 2020 when his contract expires.
On top of that, the Redskins do not have strong backups. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would be paired alongside Quinton Dunbar, who has only started 14 games in his career. That lineup won’t scare many opponents.
The benefits of keeping Josh Norman outweigh the negatives. Sure, Josh Norman can be a bad teammate at times. But like any professional athlete, he just wants to win. His passion for the game of football sometimes causes him to lash out at teammates but wouldn’t you rather see a player with passion than a player who’s just in it for the money?