It's looking more like Washington is cornerback shopping again this offseason, when cutting Norman will cost only $9 million in dead money over two years. He's not a shutdown corner. Indeed, Norman has shown little impact. After three interceptions in a solid 2016, Norman hasn't stolen a pass since. Opponents didn't throw often at him last season, but opposing offensive coordinators must have spotted weaknesses on film, because no one fears Norman this year.
Maybe Norman bought into his own hype after reaching the Pro Bowl in 2015 with Carolina. He went Hollywood over the offseason, finishing second on "Dancing with the Stars."
Safety D.J. Swearinger hinted Norman wasn't full-out committed last season. Indeed, the newcomer took over for Norman as defensive leader. Yet, it's pretty unusual for an incoming player to lead over an established one with the team. It says a lot about Norman's motivation.
Norman looks like an aging 30-year-old who either doesn't want to do the hard work or isn't interested in the game anymore. It happens. Indeed, coaches often say the reason long-shot players disappear after three years is they get too comfortable and a hungry rookie outplays them.
Norman is no longer one of the team's lions. If he doesn't awaken to that, he'll be a Redskins alum come January.