“They Would’ve Done $11-$12 Million”

April 21st, 2016
Norman was wanted

Norman was wanted

In the world of NFL media coverage, a healthy percentage of the old-school, mainstream bunch is out of touch for a variety of reasons.

It’s why many of those outfits are failing and declining, despite far greater resources than their independent counterparts. Joe could write a thesis on the topic.

The brings Joe to what likely is the second best team-specific site on the Internet, BlackandBlueReview.com, which covers the Carolina Panthers. Joe’s friend Bill Voth runs the site and lives and breathes Panthers football 24/7. He transitioned out of network television and is the ultimate Panthers guru. One might even call Voth “Joe of the Carolinas.”

Voth penned this concise piece on why 28-year-old star cornerback Josh Norman is no longer wearing Panthers colors. Joe suggests you read it thoroughly.

For all the haters running around screaming and asking, ‘The Panthers didn’t want Norman so why should the Bucs?’ Joe points out that Voth writes, “They would’ve done $11-$12 million,” referring to what the Panthers were prepared to pay Norman annually on a long term contract.

Hall of Fame voter and former Panthers beat writer Darin Gantt joined PFT Live this morning on NBC Sports Radio and also expressed that the Panthers were prepared to ink Norman to a big contract at $11 million per season.

So please stop telling Joe that Norman was unwanted in Carolina. It’s just a lie.

Gantt noted Panthers GM Dave Gettleman is a hardball kind of personality and likely simply reached a point where the roughly $4 million or $5 million gap in negotiations drove him to shut down and move on.

In fact, Gettleman did Norman a huge favor by cutting ties now, freeing him up to find a team before the draft locks many teams into firm directions. Does the GM do that if he hates Norman?

Yes, Joe will continue to write about Norman as long as the Bucs remain in the hunt for this superstar.

44 Responses to ““They Would’ve Done $11-$12 Million””

  1. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Write on Joe..

  2. Getaclue Says:

    49ers have tons of cap space but why pay state tax and play for chip jelly when you can come here w no tax, play with Americas quarterback and play the panthers twice a year. We don’t need to cut anyone and im sure we could getaybe Vincent Jackson to restructure to bring him here or trim elsewhere

  3. USFBUC Says:

    Good follow up Joe, the insanity of some of our fans saying Norman was unwanted…

    Maybe VJax will restructure his contract, along with cutting Johnson, and at least one of our four QB will give us the room to grab Norman and our draft picks.

  4. USFBUC Says:

    Maybe get Verner to restructure too since he will be the third or fourth CB now

  5. mark2001 Says:

    And if I was Norman, I would love to have the chance to play the Panthers twice a year….

  6. Miko Says:

    Good for Bucs and South divisiion, but it’s baffling how they let a player of this magnitude go for nothing…

  7. duthsty rhothdes Says:

    Sign him, release/trade verner stay at 9 and get stanley or trade to Tennessee, get their 1 and their first #2 and pick up Nknimdeche….

  8. Miko Says:

    @mark2001…Bucs are clear favorites in that regard. Sure he would want to stick it to the Panthers…Probably ours if we really want him…

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    damn…12 mil a year on a young winning team with a franchise is a lot to turn down…that front 7 isn’t going anywhere any time soon…he may get what he’s asking for but it wont be with a contender…winning and getting paid sounds better than losing and getting paid….GO BUCS!!!

  10. voice of reason Says:

    i don’t buy this logic, sorry.
    every team would love to keep players for a bargain. the question is whether they are worth the price they are asking, and in this case the panthers said no.
    also, its a bit naive to think they released him as a favor to him and to drive the price up.

  11. briandorry55 Says:

    Can’t blame him for not taking it. He deserves Sherman/Peterson money, and they’re making $14 a year…over say, 4 years, that ends up being a $12 million difference.

  12. Louis Friend Says:

    Joe, Gettleman did himself a favor because if Norman signs with another team before May 12th, Carolina gets a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2017. At least as of this moment.

  13. Couch Fan Says:

    Theres a difference between being unwanted and being to much of a headache and not worth the asking price. And no he doesnt deserves petersen money for 1 good year or service. Glad we got a competent GM LOL

  14. Dave Says:

    Offer 14 mil (with no state tax)

  15. Bucsfanman Says:

    Well, for those who say he’s not worth it, watch the two games against our beloved Bucs. In one of those games he changed the complexion with his mouth. Incidentally we lost both.
    His value is what the market says it is. Most likely, he’ll get somewhere near what he’s asking. Do the Bucs value him that high? That’s the question.

  16. Waterboy Says:

    He’s worth about 10 mil a year at most, no thanks. I’d never even heard of him before last season.

  17. Waterboy Says:

    He’ll get exposed playing behind that Buccaneers non-existent pass rush.

  18. Bama Rich Says:

    He might make the pass rush better if there is no where to throw

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Waterboy- “He’ll get exposed playing behind that Buccaneers non-existent pass rush”.
    That right there is why I think he doesn’t have as much value for the Bucs. If we had a pass-rush it’d be different.

  20. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Please review the opinions of:
    • Several Defensive Coordinators
    • Positions Coaches
    • GM’s

    – What is a shutdown corner?
    – Are there anymore in the League?

    *2016 Shutdown Corners (NFL network)

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    nawl he aint worth it….in 2013 the panthers went 12-4…their starting cb’s were captin munnerlyn and drayton Florence….norman is purely a system cb….if he doesn’t have safety help over the top and lb’s covering the flats he’s in trouble…GO BUCS!!!

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe isn’t that always the same line with a few fans out there?

    If so and so didn’t want him anymore than why should we?

    Read that 100’s of times.

  23. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Joe/anyone else…would you rather pay norman 12-14 per year or trade up for Jalen Ramsey…or neither.

  24. Bigbucs1 Says:

    i know some of you are desperate for wins but truly, this guy isn’t worth the money- he has been in the division for 5 years and just now you heard of him. Vjax had his number, mike Williams had his number, Evans had his number- he just had one good year!!! He is no different than what we already have, and cheaper!- there is no need to cut any of our guys for him, you would just be paying more for the same, if not inferior product.

  25. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    For the Past two seasons Josh Norman has performed like one of the best corners in the league.

    *So let’s review the elite corners that signed two years ago.

    Aqib Talib (MAR 11 2014)
    *Signed a 6 year $57M contract with Denver (DEN)
    Contract Notes:
    • $11.5M intiially guaranteed (Signing bonus + 2014 base + 2014 roster bonus)
    • 2015 Base become fully guaranteed on first leage day of that year
    • 2016 salary becomes fully guaranteed on 3/9/2016
    • 2014 Roster Bonus: $2 million
    • 2014-16 Per Game Bonus: $31,250 ($500,000, 15 LTBE in 2016)

    Richard Sherman (MAY 7 2014)
    Signed a 4 year $57.4 million extension with Seattle (SEA)
    Contract Notes:
    • $12.431M fully guaranteed (Signing Bonus + 2014 base)
    • 2015 Base Salary fully guarantees 2/6/15
    • 2016 Base Salary + $5M of 2017 Base Salary guarantees 5 days after 2016 super bowl (2/12/2016)

    Joe Haden (May 2014)
    * Signed a 5 year $67.5 million extension with Cleveland (CLE)
    Contract Notes:
    • $22 million fully guaranteed (2014-15 base salary + signing bonus)
    • $23 million guaranteed for injury only
    • 2016 salary + $4M of 2017 salary guaranteed for injury only (could become fully guaranteed prior to start of year)
    • 2016 salary fully guarantees on 2/10/16
    • Pro Bowl Bonus: $100,000

    Patrick Peterson (JUL 30 2014)
    *Signed a 5 year $70.05 million extension with Arizona (ARI)
    Contract Notes:
    • $16.249M in initial guarantees (Signing Bonus + 2014 base)
    • $47.3M in total practical guarantees
    • 2015 salary fully guarantees on the 5th day of 2015 waiver period
    • 2016 salary fully guarantees on the 2/12/16
    • 2017 salary fully guarantees on the 5th day of the 2017 waiver period
    • 2015 Workout Bonus: $100,000
    • 2016-2020 Workout Bonus: $250,000
    • 2020 Reporting Bonus: $250,000

    *The 2016 salary cap has been set at $155.27 million.
    That’s an increase of $11.99 million over the 2015 cap.

    NFL Salary Cap since 2003
    2016: $155.27 million
    2015: $143.28 million
    2014: $133 million
    2013: $123 million
    2012: $120.6 million
    2011: $120 million
    2010: UNCAPPED
    2009: $123 million
    2008: $116 million
    2007: $109 million
    2006: $102 million
    2005: $85.5 million
    2004: $80.58 million
    2003: $75 million

    So as you can see -Josh Norman’s salary cap demands – are on par with the current market value.

  26. BigHogHaynes Says:

    If he’s an up-grade over what we have, take him on a 3 year contract

  27. Cobraboy Says:

    Gettleman builds from the inside out, so cornerbacks aren’t as valuable as big linemen and pass rushers.

    IMO, a serious DL can make or break DB’s.

    We’ve seen that in Tampa.

  28. Cobraboy Says:

    The Bucs have a bunch of FA’s next year. Does it make sense to put themselves in the position to have to manipulate the cap to take care of current players?

    Isn’t that how the team got into Cap Hell a few years ago in the first place?

    I’m not so sure selling the future for Josh Norman now is a wise long-term move on a team trying to put pieces together through the draft.

  29. Getaclue Says:

    What banks played great with the same dl before blame lovie

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    The Salary Cap has increased $33.99 million since 2013 cap.
    When Revis set the market for Elite corners at $16 million per year.

    Note: I said Elite not Shutdown.
    Over the past two seasons CB Josh Norman – has performed at an elite level.

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Before Extension, etc

    *Tampa Bay Buccaneers Future Salary Cap
    • 2017: $74,761,273
    • 2018: $124,471,209
    • 2019: $154,500,000

  32. Bigbucs1 Says:

    Why do you keep insisting we get this guy- there are guys in this draft that are just as good or better for pennies- don’t get carried away for names look at the numbers!

  33. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I actually wanted the Bucs to draft Norman a couple years ago. I went on this whole rant about. How we need to, start back scouting HSBC’s like we use too, etc.
    I’ve watched the kid progress – he’s real good corner.
    I would love to see him on our roster matched up with Grimes.

    Go BUCS!

  34. ATrain Says:

    Offer him 13 million for 3 years,, A signing bonus ..

    With the tax savings that’s up to almost 14 million…Panthers are at 11 mill..He is at 15 mill…

  35. USFBUC Says:

    @ Bigbucs1 – we actually have zero clue how any players coming from college will perform in the NFL. There have been plenty that have bombed.

  36. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Can we at least put a clause in his contract that if he injures #3 in practice he loses a boatload of money? I do not need to see our own players taking cheap shots at #3 or fighting with him.

    Remember when Clint Longley got in a locker room brawl with Roger Staubach and sucker punched him..Longley was gone in a heartbeat. You simply do not attempt to hurt or fight with your QB!!!

  37. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Might be time for one of your polls. I’m guessing sentiment is running about 75% are for signing him and about 25% of us against it.

  38. SB with Jameis Says:

    I know I for one never said that the Panthers don’t want Norman
    Rather that they don’t want him at a mil per game and neither should we.

  39. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    He has not performed at an elite level. Sorry.

    Banks had nearly the same stats before Lovie took him out. Do you think Banks deservdeserves $16 per year?

    Heck, Banks did in 2what it has taken Norman 4 years to do.

    This whole thing is pure hype.

  40. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Passer ratings by NFL quarterbacks when targeting Josh Norman over the past two seasons:

    2015: 58.1
    2014: 53.9<– That's not playing on an Elite Level???

    C'mon Bruh

  41. Bucco Bruce Says:

    I gotta say when news first released I was caught up in the hype about getting Norman. That said I am now on the fence a bit. Looking at our contracts, talent, and the new hopefully way better and more competent coaches, are we not better just keeping what we have and building our own guy from the draft?

    It’s a tough call on this one so I will just have to say that the front office will do what’s best for the team and for now I have no reason to not have faith in that or them. Seeing what he’s asking for has me a bit concerned. When it was without the news of what was offered to him I was obviously all over it.

  42. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Did the panthers have the cap room to keep him this year at the franchise tag price? Perhaps that is the biggest reason he was let go rather than retained for even the 1 yr franchise tag. They simply could not afford him, and were not willing to cut other people to make room to keep him for a 1 yr rental.

  43. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    He’s on a level with Banks.

  44. Couch Fan Says:

    If they couldn’t afford the franchise tag, they wouldn’t of put it on him. Its crystal clear that he was becoming a distraction, he already skipped OTAs cuz he wasnt happy with the 14Million Carolina was going to give him…. Thats a red flag if there ever was one. Mark my words, he’s going to sign a huge contract with a bad team and never be heard from again.