It seems cornerback Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers thinks he's good enough to be paid like a quarterback. This is reportedly based on his latest demands regarding his long-term contract and salary cap with the team.
As reported by Inquisitr, the 28-year-old athlete is asking the Panthers to pay him $16 million for each season he's with the team. Aside from this, he also wants a gap of about $2 million.
If the Panthers yields to his demands, then that would make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. Aside from that, it will also catapult him on the same salary level as quarterbacks.
To put Norman's desired value into perspective, the highest-paid cornerbacks in the league are currently Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets, Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.
According to Cat Scratch Reader, each of these cornerbacks receive at least $14 million per season. On the other hand, Brock Osweiler, a quarterback, is worth $16 million per season on his new team, the Houston Texans.
Although Norman is an above average cornerback and an outstanding performer on the field, it's easy to see why the Panthers would most likely turn down his request to get as much money as a quarterback, or even today's highest-valued cornerbacks.
For one, it can be argued that Norman is not yet on the same performance level as Sherman and Revis. Aside from experience, these two have already proven that they can go up against some of the toughest players in the league.
Also, Norman does not yet have an idea of what it's like playing for another team. Since he was drafted in 2012, he's been with the Panthers. This could probably be one of the reasons as to why he thinks he deserves more money because he believes he's already a cornerstone in the team. Or, since he's been with just one team in his entire NFL career, maybe his salary demands is his strategy to get picked up by another franchise that's willing to give him more money.