Josh Norman is starting a new journey in Washington D.C. as a member of the Redskins after a successful tenure with the Carolina Panthers. But he’s not just stopping there. The talented cornerback is also joining FOX Sports as a regular contributor according to MMQB.
Norman has agreed to a one-year deal which stipulates that he makes 10 appearances for FOX. He’s slated to debut on the Week 1 edition of FOX NFL Kickoff, 11am ET on Sunday September 11th.
The twist in all of this is that Norman didn’t inform the Redskins about his plans. That could rub Daniel Snyder, Jay Gruden and the Redskins front office the wrong way.
“I haven’t told Coach [Jay] Gruden or [defensive coordinator Joe] Barry yet, but I’ll give them a nice shout out on TV,” Norman said. “It’s not at all going to be a distraction. If you keep your focus on you and not anybody else, you’re going to be fine. I’m going to be me on Sunday.”
Norman’s entry into television while being a member of an NFL franchise is not uncommon. New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has a similar agreement. He has appeared on Showtime’s Inside the NFL since 2014.
According to the report, Norman will contribute pre-taped segments as well as live hits from the stadium or his home in Virginia. He will also travel for in-studio shows during the Redskins bye week, and have an opportunity to work on feature and access-driven stories. There is also the possibility of Norman appearing on a show on the same day he plays in a game. Norman says that won’t be a problem but whether Redskins officials allow that to happen or not is another story.
“Our No. 1 priority in this relationship is to make sure we do not get in the way of anything on the field, this is completely secondary,” says John Entz, Fox Sports president of production and executive producer. “If there is ever a time where he feels this is something that gets in the way of his focus, then we completely understand that and we will respect that. If he ever came to us, and said, ‘I need a break,’ that’s something we would be comfortable allowing.”