After hitting Josh Norman with the franchise tag, the Carolina Panthers have rescinded the offer and one of the best up-and-coming shutdown corners in the NFL is (shockingly) a free agent.
Here’s the latest from the team’s general manager, per WYFF4:
?After a number of conversations with Josh?s agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable,? general manager Dave Gettleman said. ?We have decided to rescind the Franchise Tag freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well.?
Norman had four interceptions and three forced fumbles, including 56 tackles in 2015.
Many of the best analysts in the sport can’t wrap their heads around what just happened: