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Most Likely Landing Spots for Josh Norman if Redskins Release Him

By Braulio Perez
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Josh Norman was once one of the most feared cornerbacks in the NFL. Unfortunately for him and the Washington Redskins, age is starting to catch up to the former Pro Bowler. Now 31 years old, Norman has posted just three interceptions in his last two seasons.

And with the kind of money the Redskins owe him, could a parting of ways between the two be on the horizon? Well, we could have the answer to that question as early as the end of the month.

As you can see in the tweet above, the Redskins could clear $11.5 million in cap space should they release Norman after June 1. With Norman set to make a base salary of $11 million next year, and then $12 million the year after that, Washington could very well end up cutting him.

With all of that being said, here's a look at three teams that would likely pick up the phone if Norman's made available.

1. Seattle Seahawks

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The Legion of Boom is officially no more for the Seattle Seahawks. With a flurry of young talent manning the secondary, bringing in a veteran cornerback to lead the group and captain the unit makes total sense. Enter Josh Norman. The man has 376 total tackles to his name and could step in immediately to provide Pete Carroll with experience going up against some of the best quarterbacks in the game.

2. Denver Broncos

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The headaches for John Elway continued last season, as the Case Keenum experiment didn't go as planned. Meanwhile on defense, the Denver Broncos' secondary finished ranked No. 24 in the league, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That's not what the coaches or fans had in mind. Should the Redskins release Norman, he'd likely be looking to go to a contender, where he can make an immediate impact. Denver might just be the place, with Joe Flacco now commanding the offense.

3. Oakland Raiders

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Jon Gruden and Josh Norman's personalities on the same team? This would have entertainment spree written all over it, but Norman could also arrive in town and help this defense turn things around. The Oakland Raiders' secondary ranked No. 31 in the league last year, finishing ahead of only the San Francisco 49ers, according to ProFootballFocus.com. If Gruden wants his Raiders' team to be taken seriously, adding Norman could prove a wise step in the right direction.


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