Cornerback Josh Norman had his franchise tag designation rescinded by the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday and as a result he is now an unrestricted free agent.
While it would be shocking if the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Norman at any point moving forward, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, they are one of several teams that have called about him.
Niners, with a ton of cap space, among teams that called about Josh Norman, per source. Others incl. Bucs, Steelers, Dolphins.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 21, 2016
Norman, who recorded 56 total tackles last season in addition to 4 interceptions, is reportedly looking for a long-term contract that averages $16 million a season.
Had Norman signed his franchise tag tender he would have been guaranteed at least $13.95 million in 2016. The Panthers reportedly decided to rescind the tag after coming to the conclusion that the two sides would be unable to agree to a long-term deal.
The Steelers probably just decided to call to check on Norman’s status just as they did with cornerback Darrelle Revis a few years ago after the New England Patriots decided not to pick up his 2015 option.
Norman was drafted by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Coastal Carolina.