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Report: Redskins releasing CB Josh Norman

It's over

Washington Redskins v Carolina Panthers Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

The Redskins have made their first obvious roster move to clear cap space. Josh Norman will be released and the team saves $12.5 million with a $3 million dead cap hit. Norman was expected to be released after being benched while the team signed guys working for UPS to play instead of him.

Josh Norman signed a massive 5 year, $75 million deal on 4/22/2016. The Carolina Panthers had just rescinded the franchise tag for Norman, starting a bidding war involving the Redskins, Saints, and others. Norman played 4 years in Washington. He started 54 games and recorded 7 interceptions, 8 forced fumbles, 43 passes defended, and 235 tackles. That was not enough to justify his salary and decline in play.

New Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera and his staff have been meeting in Ashburn this week to determine the direction of the team, and which players will be part of that. Rivera has already reached out to Trent Williams who didn't play last season after holding out over contract and medical concerns. Quinton Dunbar made headlines this week when he requested a trade or his release, then walked it back.

Norman's release is the first of many changes coming to the Redskins roster as Ron Rivera looks to transform a 3-13 team into a winner.