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Washington Redskins Sign Cornerback Josh Norman

It was about a month ago when football fans everywhere were glued to the Twitter feed of Adam Schefter as domino after domino continued to fall in the Free Agency Frenzy of the NFL Offseason. While we thought that our stomachs were plenty full off of juicy moves and acquisitions by various teams, we were given one last and final eye-popping serving when Josh Norman signed with the Washington Redskins on Friday. The move makes the NFL’s most storied division and its 2016 storylines all the more interesting. In case you haven’t heard, Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. have themselves quite the history.

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It was about a month ago when football fans everywhere were glued to the Twitter feed of Adam Schefter as domino after domino continued to fall in the Free Agency Frenzy of the NFL Offseason.

While we thought that our stomachs were plenty full off of juicy moves and acquisitions by various teams, we were given one last and final eye-popping serving when Josh Norman signed with the Washington Redskins on Friday.

NFC East - Washington Redskins Sign Cornerback Josh Norman

The move makes the NFL's most storied division and its 2016 storylines all the more interesting. In case you haven't heard, Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. have themselves quite the history. We now get to see that battle twice a year.

Perhaps overlooked in the hoopla of Norman-To-Washington is that he will also have to face off against Dez Bryant twice a season. Much to Josh's chagrin I'm not speaking about the Thanksgiving Day 2015 version of Dez Bryant that Norman most recently faced... I'm talking about a 100% healthy Dez Bryant with a 100% healthy Tony Romo. He'll learn soon enough.

It had been curiously long since Dan Synder, owner of the Washington Redskins, made a move of this type. Typically Mr. Snyder embodies the persona that people often apply to Jerry Jones more often than Mr. Jones himself. Cowboys fans everywhere were starting to get worried that perhaps Snyder had wised up. It's nice to see that some things never change.

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It appears Josh Norman will carry caps of $8M, $20M, $17M thru 2018, but the #Redskins can get out after 2017 ($9M dead $). 2 yr/$37M deal.

In total Josh Norman's deal with Washington is 5-years for $75 Million with $50 Million in guarantees. Some will say that this is too much to pay a 29-year old cornerback with one legitimate year of success, and while that is true... it's too much to pay to any cornerback in general.

This type of money, specifically those type of guarantees, are only truly worth it at the most impactful positions in football: Quarterback and Pass Rusher. Even the legend of Deion Sanders would have a hard time influencing the game to a degree that it would be worth that much money.

The nature of football dictates the game as such that a cornerback simply cannot influence the overall game the way that a quarterback/pass rusher can. It's just the way that the game works. The Cowboys have learned that paying cornerbacks big time money just isn't smart business.

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Most 2016 Cap $ Allocated to CBs #Jets: $31.7M #Cowboys: $29M #Redskins: $26.7M #Browns: $25.7M #Broncos: $23.1M

As you can see the Cowboys are still paying the price, no pun intended, on their big investment at the cornerback position (Brandon Carr is one people would like to forget). They have finally learned how to play the financial game wisely and are gearing away from that, while Washington just saddled themselves into it for the foreseeable future.

Is Josh Norman an elite NFL cornerback? Yes. Don't let the fact that he now wears enemy colors influence the opinion that you had on him just days ago when you secretly hoped that he'd be a Dallas Cowboy.

What you can hang your hat on is that while he's an elite NFL cornerback, even the elite ones aren't worth this kind of money. No cornerback is. Let's all sit back now and watch the Washington Redskins learn that lesson the hard way.

What do you make of Josh Norman as a Washington Redskin? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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  • Daniel Williams

    Not that kind of money. Noooooo way!!!

  • Blue Star

    Norman is worth it. Better than paying Carr 10 million.

  • RJ Ochoa

    There's a difference between being worth it and better than laying Carr. Brandon Carr being overpaid isn't the issue here in my opinion, it's committing that much money to a position that doesn't influence enough of the game to make it warranted.

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  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    I said this on Twitter but it bears repeating here: When a cornerback doesn't emerge as a great cornerback until your defense has a top flight pass rush, that's a red flag. It is also a red flag when that cornerback's emergence comes at age 28 after several NFL seasons.

    I have no doubts that Josh Norman is a pretty good cornerback, but the Redskins signed him for $15 million per season and he's not going to be able to replicate his 2015 success within their defense. I would be willing to bet both ODB and Dez embarrass Norman four times this season.

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    Pigskin Zac

    I said this on Twitter but it bears repeating here: When a cornerback doesn't emerge as a great cornerback until your defense has a top flight pass rush, that's a red flag. It is also a red flag when that cornerback's emergence comes at age 28 after several NFL seasons.

    I have no doubts that Josh Norman is a pretty good cornerback, but the Redskins signed him for $15 million per season and he's not going to be able to replicate his 2015 success within their defense. I would be willing to bet both ODB and Dez embarrass Norman four times this season.

    Norman has only been in the NFL since 2012, that is Four seasons. He has plenty left in the tank. Our Cornerbacks on the other hand stink. Redskins got better. He made Dez look pathetic. Can't wait to watch him go against OBJ. Panthers dumped Hardy. K Short had 11 sacks after him someone had 6 as the second most on the team. Panthers had 44 sacks total . Average NFL club had 37. Who lead in Coverage sacks, I don't have that stat. Watching the Panthers play last year, they have to be top five. Norman 18 passes defended, 3 FF, 4 ints 2 were PIX SIX against TOP talent. Brandon Carr 6 passes defended and NO INTS…Flippin ZELCH. Morris "should not have been drafted" Claiborne 7 passes defended, ZERO INT's. Byron Jones 8 PD and ZERO INT. None of those three forced any fumbles.

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    I'm not trying to say Josh Norman wouldn't have been an improvement on our secondary. I'm just saying for $15 million per season, he has to be the best out there. He might have been the best in 2015 or close to it, but the Redskins paid him to be the best for the next 5 seasons. I don't think it was a good gamble, and as we know the Redskins are the kings of bad gambles.

    I think a healthy Dez and ODB will tear him up this season in a less-talented Redskins defense. We will see soon enough.

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    Pigskin Zac

    I'm not trying to say Josh Norman wouldn't have been an improvement on our secondary. I'm just saying for $15 million per season, he has to be the best out there. He might have been the best in 2015 or close to it, but the Redskins paid him to be the best for the next 5 seasons. I don't think it was a good gamble, and as we know the Redskins are the kings of bad gambles.

    I think a healthy Dez and ODB will tear him up this season in a less-talented Redskins defense. We will see soon enough.

    Norman became a shutdown in season 3, 2014 for the record. Morris Claiborne is still trying to get into second tier category. Over the first 14 weeks of the season, Norman held DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, T. Y. Hilton, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones to a combined 9 receptions for 89 yards. That is worth 15 million.

  • cjprine

    All have things in common- no QB in Houston—Andrew luck was hurt all season in Indy!!!! Dez was hurt most of the season and we all know our QB situation!

    Norman is a good-great corner! 15 mil ehhh not so much especially if the team that he played for while supposedly becoming a shut down corner wasn't willing to pay!! That tells a lot!

    It was stated that Carolina played a lot zone- was never a man-man shut down corner-he always knew he had help over the top so he was able to cheat more! Definitely a good corner just not 15 mil great

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How Will Safeties Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier Fit Kris Richard’s Secondary?

Sean Martin

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How Will Safeties Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier Fit Kris Richard's Secondary?
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Unfortunately, David Irving's most recent four game suspension is the main story for a Dallas Cowboys team finished with OTAs and mini camp, left only to wait for training camp now. I've chosen to focus on the players that were on the field for the offseason program, that will continue to contend for starting jobs in Oxnard. Standing out from a lackluster group of safeties, for a Kris Richard led secondary that is off to a fast start, are safeties Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier.

Joined by Jeff Heath, Tyree Robinson, Jameill Showers, and Marqueston Huff, the Cowboys are lacking a dominant force at safety to pair with their young and talented group of cornerbacks. With the likes of Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones (the former safety), and Anthony Brown already improving under Richard, the Cowboys hope is that the same will apply to this group of safeties.

It's still entirely too early to know how the Cowboys want to deploy their safeties this season, but the only players that have shown their strengths and weaknesses over any period of time are Heath, Frazier, and Woods. This is sure to cause an uphill battle for the fringe players looking to push this trio of versatile safeties.

Jeff Heath has appeared in 77 games over five seasons with the Cowboys. Frazier and Woods combined? Just 24 games, with 16 of them making up Woods' rookie season a year ago. This makes finding a potential role for both players vital to the Cowboys.

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Dallas Cowboys S Kavon Frazier (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Safety Kavon Frazier

Working mostly as a special teams player through two seasons in Dallas, Kavon Frazier has patiently awaited his opportunity to spark the Cowboys defense as a sixth round pick of 2016. Doing so in a memorable week 13 win over the Washington Redskins, Frazier earned an increased role as an enforcer on defense.

This is a player whose straight line burst and power is ideal for a ST starter, and when Frazier connects coming downhill on defense, the results can be catastrophic for an opposing offense.  Surely these are traits that will remind Kris Richard even slightly of his Super Bowl winning "Legion of Boom" defenses.

The distinction between Frazier being a part-time player or one maximizing his potential to start deep in the Cowboys secondary is an important one. Limited in coverage, Frazier may be at his best when conceding snaps to another safety on the Cowboys roster with more of an all-around game -- which the Cowboys can only hope Xavier Woods continues to be.

Safety Xavier Woods

Xavier Woods may not have the pure stopping power that Kavon Frazier possesses, but as a fellow sixth-round pick there is more than enough to like about what Woods brought to the Cowboys in 2017 out of Louisiana State. With 14 interceptions and six forced fumbles out of college, Woods slid in the draft enough for the Cowboys to trade up for his services.

The team wasn't cheated out of their investment in Woods last season, giving him the "Byron Jones treatment" as Woods lined up all over the field. It was Richard that came to Dallas and almost immediately moved Byron Jones down to cornerback, seeing a better use of his natural size and skills there.

Doing the same for Woods -- while keeping the natural FS free to react -- should be next up on Richard's offseason to-do list. This is a player with sideline to sideline range, enough athleticism to cover down in the slot, and the functional strength to compete in the box.

Amidst this uncertainty for both Frazier and Woods, early reports out of the Cowboys practices thus far have Jeff Heath specifically matching up against the tight end. This is an ideal role for Heath, and one that could compliment Woods very well.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Anthony Brown, S Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath

Regardless of where Heath is on the field, Woods should be able to coexist with him as a similarly instinctive safety.

There is also the possibility that both Heath and Woods struggle to handle these "starting" responsibilities, leaving the Cowboys with very little trusted depth at safety. If there is an area Woods needs the most improvement in, it is the angles he takes against the run to consistently make stops, a weakness also potentially mitigated by the Cowboys improved linebacker play (investing the 19th overall pick at the position).

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Between Frazier and Woods, it feels safe to say the Cowboys must find a starter for a secondary that could still achieve great things in 2018. The Cowboys are entering this season with a loaded group of cornerbacks, all capable of making a safety's job relatively easy, especially while learning under Richard.

Such can be the hope for a raw player like Frazier and, in a sense, Xavier Woods. The second-year player in Woods is a great unknown for the Cowboys right now, as he'll remain that way for some time before next month's training camp.

With this, we'll have much more time to sit around and continue pondering what certain position groups will look like once meaningful Cowboys football graciously returns. I've written before that I'm paying close attention to this team's group of wide receivers, and you can add in the secondary players they'll be competing against too.

Tell us what you think about "How Will Safeties Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier Fit Kris Richard’s Secondary?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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No, Cowboys Shouldn’t Cut David Irving

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys' Pass Rush: Who Will Be QB Sack Leader In 2017?
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For the past five years, Dallas Cowboys fans have gone through painful offseason stories regarding upcoming suspensions for defensive players. It doesn't matter how much talent the front office is able to find through the Draft, there's always one player that ruins what feels like a successful offseason. This time, for the second consecutive year, David Irving is the player to let Cowboys Nation down.

On Friday it was announced that Irving will serve a four-game suspension after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Understandably, a lot of Cowboys' fans want to see Irving released by the franchise that has preached the "Right Kind of Guy" philosophy while failing to establish such a thing. It's disappointing to see such a talented player limiting himself  by not "wanting it" bad enough and by making mistakes like this repeatedly.

However, even if it's a very frustrating situation, the Cowboys shouldn't cut David Irving. 

First of all, Irving's hit against the cap space is pretty minimum and nothing to be concerned at all. After being handed a second-round tender earlier in the year, #95 was set to earn $2.91M during the season. With a four-game suspension ahead of him, that number will be even lower.

We're talking about a guy who in eight games managed to get to the quarterback seven times in 2017 and consistently pressured opposing signal callers. Not to mention he's going to be just 25 years old when the season begins.

For the Cowboys, David Irving has the talent needed to average one sack per game. All of this for less than three million.

Irving has proven by now that he's not worth a long-term extension. That much is clear.  In order to get one of those, a player must prove his availability.

Talking specifically about 2018, though, I'm sure the Cowboys will be better off if they count on Irving for the final 12 games of the season. The team counts with pretty decent depth at the position with Maliek Collins, Datone Jones and Jihad Ward, but Irving has the potential to end the season with double-digit sacks.

The team gains nothing by releasing Irving. The team will not even be "sending a message" if they were to release #95. Maybe if the team had consistently sent this kind of "messages" over the years it would make sense.

However, we know this team sticks with their players and supports them in moments like this. They have done just that with Randy Gregory and it seems like it will pay off soon.

Whether we're mad at Irving's actions or not, the truth is letting him go wouldn't be wise at all. The Cowboys are not paying him big-time money, he's young and he'll be productive on the field when the defense needs him to.

We're talking about a football team that wants to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy. They can't be letting starting-caliber players go just like that. They need all the help they can get and even though his situation is far from ideal, David Irving will play a big role on defense.

Tell me what you think about "No, Cowboys Shouldn’t Cut David Irving" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Should Cowboys Add Another Safety Before Training Camp?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Add Another Safety Before Training Camp?

The Dallas Cowboys are extremely thin at the safety position. Fact. They haven't really brought in anyone to upgrade the position from last season. Fact. I just wanted to point that out because there's a lot of discussion as to whether or not the Cowboys need to add another safety before training camp.

I don't know where you stand on this debate or how I feel about it personally, but it's definitely something that needs to be discussed from the Cowboys end. It is the one position where there is a lot of unknown and inexperienced. If one of their current safeties were to go down with an injury and miss any time, the whole defense would suffer.

As things stand right now, Jeff Heath is the only one who will reprise his starting role on the backend of the Cowboys defense. Behind him are Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier, but knowing exactly how they fit in at this moment is completely up in the air.

Unfortunately, that's the top three safeties for the Dallas Cowboys heading into the 2018 season. What's even more bothersome is their fourth might be an undrafted rookie, Tyree Robinson. I don't know about you, but I find that very concerning. But, maybe Kris Richard, the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator, knows something we don't.

Kris Richard

Dallas Cowboys DB Coach Kris Richard

Fortunately, Kris Richard was recently asked if he had any concerns about the safety position on the "Doomsday Podcast" with Matt Mosley and Ed Werder. He said he had "none".

"I'm confident. I feel really good at this point in time and it's because the level of character of our guys," he said. "We're going to get better. That's the deal because our guys are young, focused, I think the hunger's there. I love the look in their eyes. I love how everyone is buying in, is focused and paying attention to detail. It makes a difference when guys care. It makes a difference when each one wants to teach one. We're trying to build something special. We want to be tribe-like. We want to be more than a team."

It certainly sounds like Kris Richard is excited about the Dallas Cowboys current safeties. Of course, he would never just come out and say that this group is terrible or he wished they'd add Earl Thomas another available safety. That's just not how things work. He's here to coach up the guys on the roster and not worry about personnel moves.

I don't know about you, but I know I would feel a lot better if they had one more experienced safety who could come in and compete for a starting job. Maybe someone like Tre Boston or Kenny Vaccaro, who are still unsigned. Maybe make that trade for Earl Thomas? That's a dream that just won't die.

Regardless, the Dallas Cowboys need to do something to address their depth at the safety position. I don't know what their plans are moving forward, but hopefully they have a contingency plan in place. It's just smart business.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys need to add a safety before training camp?



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