The Bills addressed a position that was a bit light on numbers Tuesday when they officially signed veteran free agent CB Josh Norman to a one-year contract. In February, Norman visited Buffalo and passed a physical. This week he returned his signed contract that was submitted to the NFL.
Norman, 32, was a cap casualty of the rebuilding Washington Redskins. He was released by his former club on Feb. 14th. For the second straight offseason the Bills took advantage of coming to contract terms with a player that was available as a free agent before the market opened.
He appeared in 12 games last season for Washington, making eight starts. Norman had 40 tackles, six pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a sack in 2019.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott are very familiar with Norman, as the cornerback began his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, with McDermott serving as his defensive coordinator for his first four professional seasons.
Norman went to his only Pro Bowl while being coached by McDermott in 2015 when he posted four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns and three forced fumbles to help propel the Panthers to Super Bowl 50. He was also named first team All-Pro that season.
The veteran cornerback joins a well-regarded Bills cornerback room that includes first team All-Pro Tre'Davious White and Levi Wallace, who is the incumbent starter.