The Miami Dolphins are interested in signing cornerback Josh Norman, according to a report from ESPN.
Norman hit the open market on Wednesday when the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded their franchise tag on him. Norman is widely considered one of the best cornerbacks in the National Football League. The timing is also unique for a player of this caliber. The NFL draft is nearing and most teams have already completed their free agent work.
Miami represents a situation where Norman can make a tremendous impact quickly. The Dolphins have a glaring hole at CB and likely were going to address the area in the draft. Norman would give Miami a league-tested corner who has shown the ability to be a star.
The Dolphins have the cap room to not only meet with Norman, but to work out a deal. Other teams such as the San Francisco 49ers have more cap room and are also interested, but Miami should have enough to compete in cotnract talks.
Miami has other areas of need, but could be pushed to go the extra mile to bring in a player such as Norman. It is possible the Dolphins would make other moves to open more cap room if they land Norman.
The Dolphins still need to find a running back after letting Lamar Miller walk in the off-season. Miami has held visits with multiple rushers in recent weeks, but has yet to come to terms with any. Miami will also need to sign its rookie class following the draft. The draftees should include linebackers and a CB if Norman isn't signed.
Miami's preseason schedule will begin on August 12th in New York against the Giants.