Yes, it’s true – The Carolina Panthers have rescinded the franchise tag on Josh Norman.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettlemen released this statement:
“After a number of conversations with Josh’s agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable… 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.”
Wow! What a shocking move by the Panthers. Norman is now an unrestricted free agent and will test the market looking for a big pay day. He will most likely get a high paying contract, but I feel NFL teams have too much power with moves like this. Free agency has been underway for some time now and by Carolina franchise tagging Norman, they essential hamstrung the corner back as he now enters free agency late.
Teams have already made decisions and planned for cap space. Once a player is tagged, I believe they should not have the ability to remove the tag. It’s just unfair to the players. Something I’m sure the NFLPA will address in the future.