The Franchise Tag. Those are probably the most dreadful words you can hear today next to your season is cut short due to injury or you’re being released. I’ve never been a big fan of the tag because I feel that it’s a slap in the face to a player that had a very productive season. Von Miller hasn’t accepted his tag yet with Denver as the two sides are nowhere close to a long-term deal to keep him in Denver. Josh Norman was another guy that was expected to be tagged. On Wednesday, he and the Panthers couldn’t agree on a deal and he became a free agent. Many teams were after him and his services. Friday evening, he narrowed it down to two teams. The New Orleans Saints and there’s nothing like going to a divisional rival and the Washington Redskins. Norman decided to move East and signed with the Redskins on a five-year/$75 million deal.
Josh Norman has been considered by many to be the best cornerback in the league today and that’s debatable. When I first watched him, I noticed he played the position as if he were a safety because he’s so physical when he’s at the line of scrimmage. To be considered a great all-around corner, you need to do a few things. First, you need good hands and he’s very aggressive and wants to jam receivers off their routes. Secondly, you need to have excellent footwork to complement your style of play and Josh is always moving. He’s very choppy with his feet and knows when to stop, plant and lastly, you need to have good instincts. He reads the whole field, he keeps up with the receiver and he knows when to make a play when his team needs it. He’s also been known to get under people’s skin, look at Odell Beckham for example.
I’m really interested to see how this move will pan out because the Redskins have been known to sign big named guys to lucrative contracts and it all went south with each one.