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Josh Norman signs with Washington for $15 million per year

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Josh Norman has signed with Washington on a five-year, $75 million contract, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The cornerback hit the market two days ago after the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag, making him the top cornerback to have been available this entire offseason. So end two days of unexpected NFL drama. Too bad.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were reportedly interested in Norman, but it's hard to see them having been interested in paying $15 million per year or anything close to that for his services. That hasn't been the Bucs' m.o. ever since Mark Dominik was fired. It's more likely they inquired after his services, and then bowed out when the bidding got too expensive for their tastes.

The Bucs don't necessarily have a big need at cornerback, given the presence of Alterraun Verner, Johnthan Banks and Brent Grimes, and the team's hopes that a new coaching staff will get the former two back to form. They're still likely to draft a young cornerback at some point in this draft, though. Vernon Hargreaves would make sense as a first-round pick, while Eli Apple, William Jackson and Mackensie Alexander have been floated later in the first round, or early in the second.