Cornerback Josh Norman, who signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins last week, reportedly wanted to stay with the Carolina Panthers and made a last-minute attempt to sign his franchise tag.
The Panthers rescinded the tag on Wednesday, making Norman a free agent. Two days later, he signed with the Redskins.
According to the Washington Post, Norman went back to the Panthers after firing agent Michael George and tried to sign the one-year, $13.952 million tag for the 2016 season.
By that time the Panthers had filed the paperwork with the league and decided to move on.
Norman signed agent Ryan Williams to handle his free agency negotiations. He kept George on as a co-representative to avoid having to wait five days to sign with another team, according to ESPN.
Norman didn't expect to play for any team except the Panthers in 2016 whether it was with the franchise tag or a long-term deal.
Norman told the Redskins' website he was "sideswiped'' by the news that the tag had been rescinded by the Panthers.
"It came out of nowhere. It really did,'' Norman said after signing with the Redskins.
Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said he pulled the plug when contract negotiations fell apart and Norman found little interest after the Panthers granted him permission to seek a trade.
Norman, entering his fifth season in the NFL, finished 2015 with a career-best four interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. He also had 56 tackles, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while gaining acclaim as one of the league's best cornerbacks.
In his first four seasons with the Panthers, Norman started 38 of 53 regular-season games and accumulated seven interceptions, 172 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 35 passes defensed.