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Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington
Josh Norman has agreed to sign with Washington on a five-year, $75 million deal.
The Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on Norman this week, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Norman also considered the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.
Norman emerged in 2015 as one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks.
By moving to the NFC East, Norman will continue his rivalry with Odell Beckham Jr. twice per season (Week 3 & Week 17 in 2016).
Rob Gronkowski Has No Concerns With Contract Status
Rob Gronkowski is not concerned about his contract status.
The New England Patriots exercised their option on Gronkowski, keeping him underpaid relative to his production.
Gronkowski is set to make a $2.25 million base salary this season, which escalates to $4.25 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019.
Gronkowski’s tweet last month saying the option “basically equals pay cut” was viewed as part humor and part discontentment.
“No, that’s not on my mind at all,” he told USA Today’s For The Win, when asked if he had any contract concerns. “I started offseason workouts yesterday. It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season.”
Roundup: Falcons pick up option on Desmond Trufant
Credit: (Kevin Patra – Around the NFL writer).
The Atlanta Falcons exercised their fifth-year option on cornerback Desmond Trufant for the 2017 season, the team announced Friday.
It’s a no-brainer move for the Falcons to ensure one of the NFL’s best young coverage corners remains in Georgia for at least the next two seasons.
Trufant owns a combination of size and recovery speed that makes him ideal for Dan Quinn’s defense. The 25-year-old cover man is sticky, attacks the ball in coverage and excellent at the point of attack. His diverse skill set is what vaulted Trufant onto our ‘Making the Leap’ list two years ago.
Selected No. 22 overall in 2013, Trufant will eventually make big-corner money once his rookie contract is up.
The deadline for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2013 first-round draft picks is May 2.
Some other players who have had their options picked up:
» The San Diego Chargers exercised their fifth-year option on offensive guard D.J. Fluker for the 2017 season, Breer reported Friday. The No. 11 overall pick in 2013 missed four games in 2015 due to various injuries, including his fourth known concussion. With the fifth-year option guaranteed for injury, there is a concern for the Chargers from that angle, but after a year of experiencing offensive line disaster in San Diego, the Chargers weren’t going to decline an extra year on Fluker.
» The Chicago Bears exercised the option on No. 20 overall pick Kyle Long. The team will move Long back to guard after he spent 2015 at right tackle.
» The Houston Texans made the obvious move of locking down DeAndre Hopkins, the No. 27 pick, for an additional season of acrobatic catches on the cheap.
» The Cincinnati Bengals picked up the fifth year on tight end Tyler Eifert, the No. 21 selection. Eifert has had injury problems, but when healthy is a TD machine.
» The New Orleans Saints are sticking with safety Kenny Vaccaro, the No. 15 overall pick in 2013.