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Josh Norman becomes free agent after Panthers pull franchise tag

Josh Norman becomes free agent after Panthers pull franchise tag

Josh Norman, one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday after the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded their non-exclusive franchise tag offer to the All-Pro and wished him well.

Norman, 28, elected not to sign the offer from the Panthers which would have paid him $13.9 million in 2016 while holding out for a long-term contract. The two sides could never agree on monetary compensation.

Now Norman can sign with any team.

A former fifth-round draft pick, Norman had a career-high four interceptions and helped the NFC champion Panthers lead the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39), points off turnovers (148) last...

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