The Washington Redskins are looking to move some players before the trade deadline on October 29. Josh Norman fits into that category, as the veteran corner has been subpar and is owed $6 million for the rest of the season. Plenty of teams will want to make sure their secondary is as good as possible heading into the back half of the season. Here are four potential landing spots for Josh Norman.
1. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have Richard Sherman at one corner and would likely benefit from a better corner on the opposite side of the field. They already have a great defensive line and a better secondary could make their defense championship-level. San Francisco didn’t give up too much for Emmanuel Sanders, so they should have enough draft picks to get a deal done.
Norman is used to playing zone coverage, which would make him a nice fit for the 49ers’ defense. A new situation may be good for him, but it does pose a problem for teams trying to make trades. If they value him based off of what he has done in past years, he is likely worth a lot more than he would be for this season. Either way the 49ers should at least call and see what Norman would be worth to the Redskins.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City could really benefit from some better corners. If the offense is improved when Pat Mahomes comes back from injury, the only thing holding them back from dominating would be their defense. Making a trade for any solid defensive player would help, but a corner could allow the pass rush more time to get to the quarterback.
Due to their Super Bowl chances and a dire need for a corner, the Chiefs could be willing to part with some draft picks for Norman. If Norman can recapture what he has done in the past, he will be in a secondary with Tyrann Mathieu, which would make a solid duo. Improving the defense, even marginally, would be a big benefit for the Chiefs.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have finally figured out their offense, but their defense isn’t what they once were. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes aren’t playing like they have in past years, which might mean they are interested in cornerbacks at this trade deadline. If they want to make a push for the NFC North, they might have some interest in Norman.
Norman doesn’t traditionally fit the Vikings’ defense, but they might make a trade for him anyways if the price is right. If Washington truly does just want him off of their books, the Vikings should be willing to part with picks later in the 2020 NFL Draft for him. Even if he doesn’t play well, acquiring him should let Rhodes and Waynes that they need to step their games up.
4. New Orleans Saints
The Saints made a trade last season to acquire Eli Apple at cornerback. He has been up and down in his time in New Orleans. Even with him on the roster, the Saints may want to make a move if they want to go one step further than last season and make the Super Bowl. In an NFC with Aaron Rodgers on top of his game, they are going to need all the defensive help they can get.
New Orleans can acquire Norman to play across from Marshon Lattimore. With Lattimore, Norman, Apple and Chauncey-Gardner Johnson playing the slot, the Saints will have a deep cornerback core. The Saints should try to capitalize on their opportunity with Drew Brees back healthy and looking to win at least one more Super Bowl before he retires.