Bills Sign CB Josh Norman to 1-Year Deal

Josh Norman (24) with Washington Redskins in 2018. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (10012853aw)

The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Josh Norman on Monday, reuniting the former Panther with his defensive coordinator in Carolina.

Norman, who became one of the best cornerbacks in the league with the Panthers with Bills head coach Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator, agreed to a one-year deal with a base value of $6 million, which could reach $8 million with incentives.

The South Carolina native, an unheralded fifth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Coastal Carolina University, unexpectedly became one of the best shutdown corners in the league between 2012 and 2015.

Norman started 46 games during his four seasons with the Panthers, recording 5 interceptions. His best season was in 2015, just before hitting free agency, when he was named a first-team NFL All-Pro selection.

Washington signed Norman to a five-year, $75 million deal after his breakout season, but he failed to live up to expectations with the NFC East franchise. After disappointing during his first three seasons, Norman became only a part-time starter in 2019.

Now, he will move to Buffalo to reunite with his former defensive corner and look to rejuvenate his career at the age of 32 with a team that is expected to contend for the NFL playoffs.