Assessing veterans the Redskins could trade before the 2019 NFL trade deadline
CB Josh Norman
Why the Redskins would trade Norman: The Redskins don’t exactly have a lot of depth at cornerback. Fabian Moreau hasn’t played well at all this year, yet he was the starter against the Vikings with Norman banged-up. Meanwhile, Quinton Dunbar has dealt with hamstring/ankle/leg injuries over the course of the past couple seasons despite his excellent play when healthy.
Still, Norman is overpriced for the Redskins. He doesn’t fit their scheme well. And frankly, he hasn’t been consistent for a couple of seasons. He may have more value to a corner-needy team, as he still does have the upside of a No. 2 corner, especially with a team that uses more zone concepts in the secondary.
Who might be interested: The Redskins would have to find a contender desperate for cornerback help to take on Norman’s contract. He can be cut with a $3 dead cap number next offseason, but he’ll still be due a hefty sum this year.
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Could a team like the Saints have an interest in Norman? They need some depth at corner with P.J. Williams suspended and Patrick Robinson hurting. Meanwhile, the Eagles could use some corner depth, as their secondary has been a weakness so far this season. And the Chiefs love former Redskins corners (they have Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller as two of their three primary starters). But aside from those teams, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team desperate enough at corner to take on Norman’s contract.
What Norman could fetch on the open market: The short answer is, not much. Norman hasn’t been very good this year and isn’t fully healthy at the moment. Perhaps a team would give up a late Day 3 pick if they thought he could be a starter. But a best-case scenario would be a fifth-round pick. And even that seems like a stretch.
Will the Redskins actually trade him? I would wager the Redskins would move Norman if they can find an offer. He doesn’t fit their timeline at all and they may be happy to test some of their young corners amid a lost season. The only concern would be about finding an offer for him which seems questionable at best.