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Brandon Beane: Buffalo Bills have spoken to cornerback Josh Norman

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While he says the team has had “initial conversations” with the veteran, no deal is imminent

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According to Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, the team has had initial conversations about signing veteran cornerback Josh Norman. Norman, 32, was recently released by Washington to create salary cap space for the 2020 season.

Norman began his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2012, starting 12 games as a rookie that year after he was drafted in the the fifth round of the NFL Draft. In 2015, Norman was a First-Team All-Pro. He had four interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, three forced fumbles, 56 tackles, and two fumble recoveries that year.

After Carolina initially used the franchise tag on him following the 2015 season, they rescinded the tag, and he signed a massive contract with Washington—five years, $75 million—in 2016. He never lived up to the deal, and over the last two years in D.C., he was abysmal. Norman allowed a passer rating of 109.3 in 2018 and 129 in 2019; he also allowed a total of 15 passing touchdowns in coverage over the course of the last two seasons.

Norman’s greatest success came with Buffalo’s head coach, Sean McDermott, serving as his defensive coordinator. Beane did not indicate that anything was imminent regarding Norman, saying that he assumed multiple teams would be interested in the veteran.