Josh Norman reunites with Panthers

Gregory Payan/Associated Press

Former All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman signed with the Carolina Panthers, returning to make an impact on closing the season.

After Carolina’s Sunday win, second-year cornerback Jaycee Horn broke his wrist and will be out for the foreseeable future. Norman brings a veteran presence to an already depleted secondary due to numerous injuries and inexperience. However, the Panthers find themselves in the midst of a playoff push.

Norman was signed to the practice squad but is expected to be brought up to the 53-man roster and start on Sunday.

Josh Norman last played for the Panthers in 2015, leading the secondary to a 15-win season and an NFC Championship. He’ll be reunited with interim head coach Steve Wilks who held the defensive backs coach position in 2015.

“When Scott and I talked about it today, he has experience in this league and brings veteran leadership; and most importantly, I feel like he possesses our DNA,” Wilks said on Monday. “I know him personally; he played for me.”

Since leaving Carolina, Josh Norman hasn’t been able to find success elsewhere as he’s struggled to find a permanent home. Now back with Carolina, Norman can lead the secondary to a playoff berth for the first time since 2017. 

“He understands the culture that we’ve tried to create here and the element of play that we’re looking for,” Wilks said.

The Panthers finish the year against division foes Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.


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