Panthers free Josh Norman

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman rescinded Josh Norman’s Franchise Tag. Norman’s agent and the Carolina Panthers were unable to come to an agreement regarding his contract.
Norman was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2012 NFL Draft in the fifth round out of Coastal Carolina. It wasn’t until his sophomore year there that the school recognized his football talents and offered him a scholarship. In this season, he was named third-team All-American by Associated Press, first team All-Big South and broke the league record with eight interceptions. He earned Big South and National Defensive Player of the week and continued to excel on defense.
Norman signed a 4-year, $2.3 million contract with the Carolina Panthers but did not see much action on the field until the 2014 season. During the final eight weeks of the season, he was rated the 27th best cornerback by Pro Football Focus. He did not stop there in the 2015 season, he helped the Panthers go 15-1 during the regular season, through the playoffs and they eventually lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
The Panthers release of Josh Norman came as a surprise to many fans, at the same time some feel that he was not worth the money he was asking for and Gettleman was doing the right thing.
“Paying him what he wanted would have crippled us from signing other (younger) key players long term,” said Panther fan Chris Hixenbaugh in a Facebook post. “Gett [Dave Gettleman] knows what he’s doing and Josh may find someone to pay his asking price but he’ll have about as good a seat as I do for the playoffs next year.”

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-path-to-the-draft/0ap3000000654732/Jeremiah-on-Panthers-You-re-not-going-to-get-a-player-as-good-as-Josh-Norman
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