While the release was rumored because of Norman’s ties with new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera, who previously coached with the Carolina Panthers, it was resolved that it was his contract that became a major hurdle to clear in order to keep him on the roster.
Considered one of the league’s best cornerbacks, Norman saw a steep decline last season, finishing as the third-worst CB in the league, according to Pro Football Focus metrics.
The 32-year-old was shopped around at the trade deadline last season, where he appeared in 12 games for Washington, collecting only 40 tackles.
It was later reported by Adam Schefter, NFL insider for ESPN, that three other members of the team were also released: defensive back Kenny Ladler, defensive end Chris Odom and wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr.
Ladler went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt before getting signed by the Buffalo Bills on a one-year contract. Ladler would later go to the CFL and played two seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos, before returning to the NFL with the Redskins in 2018. After being shopped to the New York Giants, Ladler returned to Washington in 2019. He has 17 career tackles in his NFL career but has much more success to report in the CFL with 171 tackles, 5 interceptions (1 for a TD), and 3 forced fumbles.
Odom went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Arkansas State before joining the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad before being placed on waivers on September 2. He was claimed by the Green Bay Packers the following day. With the Packers, Odom had six tackles in the 2017 season before being placed on waivers on September 1, 2018, and wasn’t picked up. Odom would play for the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions during their only season, recording 7 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 8 QB hits, and 2 pass knockdowns before returning to the Falcons’ practice squad on a two-year contract, later placed on waivers at the end of August. He would join the Redskins squad shortly after being claimed. Odom participated in four games, getting ten tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble.
Richardson Jr. was drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft as a second-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks. Richardson would play for the Seahawks for four seasons before signing a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins in March 2018. Richardson has played in 64 games (starting in 29) in his career, racking up 143 receptions for 1,809 yards, has tied reception records with the Seahawks (tied at 61 yards) and Redskins (tied at 46 yards) organizations and scored 12 touchdowns. He has also made four rushing attempts for 14 yards. He has only fumbled the ball once back in 2014 with the Seahawks.