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Carolina Panthers place franchise tag on Josh Norman

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The Panthers are franchise tagging Josh Norman, but it's the non-exclusive tag. What does that mean for the Jaguars?

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The Carolina Panthers have placed the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman, assuring him of a one-year contract this year worth $13,952,000. The non-exclusive tag means Norman is free to negotiate a deal with other teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars. But if the Jaguars want to sign Norman, they'd have to beat the Panthers offer and give up two first-round picks.

In short, Norman isn't leaving Carolina.

The Panthers are reportedly working on a long-term deal for Norman. The franchise tag is a way to simply buy some time for the team.

Norman finished the 2015 season with four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. (Yes, one of those was against Blake Bortles.) He also had 48 tackles, three forced fumbles, and 18 passes defensed to earn first-team All-Pro honors and a spot in this year's Pro Bowl.