(ABC)–“What would you do?” asked Josh Norman.
Norman, a coveted ‘shutdown’ cornerback, was introduced to the Washington media Monday, just three days a after a whirlwind of events made him the most recent high-prized free agent to sign with the Redskins.
“I’m very, very fortunate enough to be here with this magnitude of an organization. I can’t say enough great things about them. The history here is 84-years-plus, so this is the golden age of football when you come down here to the NFC East. So I’m loving it right now,” said Norman.
Norman was asked his immediate reaction when he learned the Carolina Panthers were ready to move on without him: “Just staring at a wall” he said.
Norman had heard that the Redskins don’t let coveted free agents ‘leave the building’ and sure enough, he never left – not without a deal at least.
“Every time I stepped in the building, it was like a family feel. It was welcoming, and their hospitality, it just sparked into my family and that’s kind of how I got here. And I’m so blessed and fortunate enough to be a Washington Redskin.”
Norman admits he comes with a chip on his shoulder – baggage as he puts it.
“I carried a big bag with me when I came up here. I’ve still got that bag with me and it’s on the back with now. You can’t see it, but when I step in between them white lines, I’m going to drop it. When you see it, it’s going to be pretty, pretty heavy, and I can’t wait until that time comes.”
Norman played in the Super Bowl less than three months ago. About his new team’s prospects?
“They’ve got pieces in place to make a deep run… And that was a huge part of making my decision to come here because of that. And they have tasted that so I just want to go deeper into the playoffs and, hey, see what happens. That’s what we did in Carolina and I know we can do it here. It’s no difference. Pedigree and everything is the same and I’m just loving it up right now and can’t help to be a part of something that’s special and great because we on the rise, man. Get on the train or not.”
Norman signed a reported 5-year deal worth 75-million dollars. Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan insists it was the right move for the team.
At McCloughan’s press conference, the last question came from a familiar face: Redskins Defensive Tackle Chris Baker. Baker jokingly (or not) asked McCloughan if there’s still enough money for Baker and other Redskins veterans. McCloughan laughed: “I got you Baker, you’ll be alright. Don’t worry.”