"I'm looking forward to getting back to the playoffs here," Norman said in an interview with the team's "Redskins Nation" show on CSN Mid-Atlantic. "You guys went last year. I'm looking forward to going even deeper into the playoffs and then the Super Bowl. That's our motto, that's here, that's the goal. That's the ultimate goal."
As for Norman, he's a legitimate No. 1 corner who, one coach texted me this morning, is a legitimate top-four player at the position. That's not tough to debate given how he played last season, but considering it was his first year at that level, the point is the coach didn't view him as a fluke or just a system guy. He liked Norman's length, competitiveness and ball skills, all of which are evident when watching his play last season.
The Redskins will now receive some flexibility in the secondary and in the draft. Although Chris Culliver (torn ligaments in his left knee) and Kyshoen Jarrett (nerve issue in his right shoulder) continue to recover from injuries, Washington has two solid outside cornerbacks in Norman and Bashaud Breeland. This will allow Redskins Coach Jay Gruden to possibly move certain cornerbacks to safety, a position of need. He mentioned during the NFL's annual meeting last month that Will Blackmon and Deshazor Everett will receive some repetitions at safety to see how they perform during offseason practices.
Since becoming the Redskins' GM, McCloughan has talked a lot about the importance of building through the draft and using cap dollars to reward your own players rather than heaping big deals on players from the outside. The Norman move doesn't fit in with that at all. Has McCloughan fallen in with a corporate culture that has reliance on free agency in its DNA? It goes back to signing Pat Fischer in the 1960's, Dave Butz and John Riggins in the 70's, Wilber Marshall in the ‘80's, the string of big money big names after unfettered free agency started in 1993 and, most recently, the signing of DeSean Jackson two years ago.