When news broke Wednesday of the Carolina Panthers rescinding their franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman, every fan of an NFL franchise wondered what it would take to bring in the All-Pro defensive back. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who are at the bottom of the list in terms of salary cap space, were certainly not thought to be even in the discussion, let alone the running, for Norman. However, a recent report said the team has at least put in a call regarding Norman's asking price, etc.
Niners, with a ton of cap space, among teams that called about Josh Norman, per source. Others incl. Bucs, Steelers, Dolphins.— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 21, 2016
Let it be known this report doesn't mean the Steelers have placed an offer for him, but are most likely calling to see how much he is asking. The Steelers could re-structure some contracts, extend a few deals and make some moves to help free up some salary cap space, but the fact they have at least shown interest is surprising.
The Steelers don't typically target big-name free agents, but Norman is the type of talent who could not only take a sagging secondary and elevate them, but help elevate a team to Super Bowl Champions.
Stay tuned to BTSC for more on Norman's status, and if the Steelers continue to be in play to acquire the defensive back.