Josh Norman is a name that many teams around the NFL will have interest in this offseason. With the need for quality cornerbacks at an all-time high, he will have a very robust market. One team that is expected to show interest in signing him is the San Francisco 49ers.
Over the last couple of years, the 49ers have struggled in the secondary. Richard Sherman has been a consistent presence, but behind him they have not had much. Now, with Sherman set to hit free agency, they need even more help.
One NFL executive spoke to NFL Analysis Network about Norman’s upcoming free agency and revealed the 49ers’ interest in signing him.
“(Josh) Norman is going to be a priority for the 49ers. They want him, but so do many other teams. San Francisco would love to bring him in, depending on the price that it would take to do so.”
Assuming the price tag is what many expect it to be, the 49ers should not have to pay out a hefty price to bring Norman in. He will likely be looking for a one or two-year deal, which would make sense for San Francisco.
Last season with the Buffalo Bills, Norman was only able to play in nine games. In those nine games, however, he was very productive. He ended the year with 24 total tackles, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one interception, a defensive touchdown, and four defended passes.
At 33 years old, he still has some good football left in the tank. If the 49ers could find a way to keep Sherman and sign Josh Norman, they would have a legitimate one-two punch at cornerback. That would be a big upgrade from what they have had in recent years.
Norman has had an impressive career in the NFL. He has been known for his playmaking ability and lockdown coverage skills. While his elite days are behind him, he would be a more than capable starter for the 49ers.
Expect to see quite a few teams show interest in signing Norman this offseason. The 49ers are likely going to be one of them.