Josh Norman is going to get paid from someone.
But it’s probably not going to be the Dolphins.
The All-Pro corner will likely sign elsewhere, the Miami Herald has learned, despite the Dolphins’ interest in the former Carolina Panther.
The Dolphins were one of at least 10 teams to reach out to Norman’s representatives since the Panthers rescinded his franchise tag Wednesday afternoon.
Yet it became clear as the day progressed that Norman would all but certainly end up with another franchise. The Washington Redskins will make their pitch to him first, according to multiple published reports.
While the door isn’t closed on Norman coming to Miami, the odds are against it.
Which means the focus returns to the draft as the Dolphins address their most pressing need.
Norman is expected to command as much as $16 million per year from some NFL team.
The Dolphins are already paying two players that much or more: Ndamukong Suh and Ryan Tannehill.
Could they even have afforded a third?
It would have be tight, but doable. They have some $20 million in cap space this year and could clear more by restructuring Mike Pouncey’s contract and cutting suspended pass rusher Dion Jordan.
But after Thursday’s developments, the point appears moot.