Bills Activate Josh Norman From IR

SATURDAY: Norman is in line to make his Bills debut Sunday in Las Vegas. The Bills will activate their free agent corner acquisition ahead of their Week 4 game against the Raiders.

WEDNESDAY: The Bills have designated cornerback Josh Norman for return, according to the league’s transaction wire. Buffalo now has a three-week window to activate the veteran DB.

Once considered one of the best corners in the league, Norman was all over the PFR pages back in 2016, when he and the Panthers were going through a messy divorce. On the heels of a platform campaign that saw him bring home First Team All-Pro honors, Norman was hit with the franchise tag, but Carolina rescinded the tag shortly thereafter. When that happened, Norman signed a five-year, $75MM contract with Washington, which made him the highest-paid CB in NFL history at the time.

But he was not quite the same player with Washington that he was with the Panthers, and in 2019, he graded out as the third-worst qualified cornerback in the league per Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics. However, he managed to finagle a one-year, $6MM pact out of the Bills this offseason, and both Buffalo and Norman were hoping that a reunion with Bills HC Sean McDermott — who was Carolina’s defensive coordinator throughout Norman’s entire tenure with the club — would help Norman look more like his old self.

Norman, however, landed on IR earlier this month with a hamstring injury. He appears to be on the mend and is nearing his debut with the current leaders of the AFC East.

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  1. crosseyedlemon

    What kind of assist will the Bills get from the officials at the end of this weeks game? They will probably need some help from the zebras as they’ve lost 11 of the past 12 times they’ve travelled west to face the Raiders.

      • mstockw1

        Exactly. Officiating drew even by the PI that should have just been illegal contact.

    • Stabby McShank

      They hopefully won’t get a bullshit interception or miss Aaron Donald ripping Allen to the ground by his face mask. But even if they do, Buffalo will still crush this pathetic Raider team.

    • sports is life

      If you are going to complain be educated first

      The penalty might have been not what you wanted but it was classic interference by definition, DB would not allow WR to release to inside and then continued to hinder his move to outside

      It was the right call

  2. madmanTX

    Stop showing that racist logo. Accept that Washington has changed the team logo.

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