The Washington Redskins are making a strong push for former Carolina Panthers cornerback turned free agent Josh Norman. It has been reported that there is already a strong offer on the table by Washington and Norman is visiting with the team today.
Mike Silver of NFL Media stated that he does not expect the 49ers to make a run at signing Norman, despite their early interest in him and reportedly being one of the favorites to acquire Norman.
I do not expect the 49ers to make a run at signing Josh Norman— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) April 22, 2016
Washington flew Norman and his family in on a private jet and he arrived at Redskins Park Friday afternoon in a Secret Service-style convoy of black SUVs, provided by the Redskins.
.@CSNRedskins Snyder flew in Josh Norman, family members on a private jet. Family is from South Carolina.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) April 22, 2016
While the 49ers have asked Norman to visit the team's headquarters in Santa Clara, per CSN Bay Area, there is currently no visit planned.
Norman became a free agent on Wednesday when the Panthers rescinded their franchise tag for the cornerback, immediately making him a free agent. Norman is expected to sign a deal in the range of $14 million to $15 million per year over 5 years, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. That's a lot of money to commit to one player, but the 49ers have $52.6 million in cap space according to the NFLPA.
Washington has almost $12.2 million in cap space available (per NFLPA), which means that they would likely need to make some transactions in order to fit Norman under their cap.