The Panthers have rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman, making him an unrestricted free agent, the team announced on Tuesday.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the team and Norman’s agent were not close on contract talks, and the team ultimately decided to part ways instead of keeping him.
The team had tagged Norman in March after he completed the final season of the four-year, $2.3 million rookie contract he signed with the Panthers in 2012.
Norman earned first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career in 2015 after logging 48 tackles with four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, in 16 starts for the Panthers.
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