There was plenty of speculation in the offseason that the Redskins could move on from Josh Norman this year. Then the draft came and Washington only used a 7th round pick on CB Jimmy Moreland. This made it pretty clear they would keep Norman, arguably their best corner, for the 2019 season.
The 31-year-old corner is slated to count $14.5 million against the cap this season, and none of it is guaranteed. If the Redskins released Norman in June, they would save $11.5 million against the cap and eat $3 million in dead money this season and next. Had they released him before June, or without the June 1 designation, those numbers would have been less advantageous for the club, including the full $6 million dead cap hit this year.
Norman has had a rough year. He caught a lot of heat for skipping OTAs to jump over a bull. He was also docked $200,000 in pay for the missed practices. Norman has struggled this year, and has made the highlight reels for all the wrong reasons. Fans have been frustrated with him on and off the field, and many are ready to move on.
The Redskins might also be ready to move on sooner rather than later. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer wrote an article about the upcoming trade deadline on Tuesday, October 29th at 4pm. He discussed all the rumors swirling in the NFL right now, and one has the Redskins floating Norman's name out there to guage trade interest.
And another corner whose name has been floated out there is Washington’s Josh Norman, who, like Jenkins, has a big contract and isn’t quite what he used to be.
Norman is having a down year, and is also dealing with hand and thigh injuries that caused him to miss Sunday's game against the 49ers. If a team trades for him, they would pay him ~$5.4 million this year, and $12.5 million next year with nothing guaranteed. The return wouldn't be high for the 31 year old former All-Pro CB.
The 1-6 Redskins are a team that should be looking to trade off some players to gain draft capital for their new Head Coach next year. That doesn't seem to be the plan so far, and it definitely isnt the plan for Trent Williams. Breer once again reports that his holdout is personal, and teams are getting a hard no when they inquire about him.
Should the Redskins trade Josh Norman before the deadline?
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Yes, but only for the right deal
Yes, take whatever you can get
No, he's still one of our best players