Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Giants GM Dave Gettleman have a bitter history dating back to their days in Carolina.
After New York let Landon Collins walk and agree to a six-year, $84 million deal with the Redskins on Monday, Norman threw shade at Gettleman, who infamously rescinded the franchise tag on him prior to the 2016 season, by expressing his delight in seeing a top defender join one of Gettleman’s NFC East rivals.
In ‘Gettleman’ WE Trust (All-DBs) securing the 💰🤑💰
– *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24) March 11, 2019
Norman said he felt “stabbed in the back” in 2016 when Gettleman, then the Panthers GM, rescinded the franchise tag on Norman, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
“I got sideswiped,” Norman said then. “I didn’t see it coming.”
Norman, who at the time was so upset he didn’t refer to Gettleman by name, was franchise tagged following the 2015 season and sought a long-term deal with the Panthers worth around $14-15 million annually. Instead, two days after he became a free agent, he signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Redskins.
The decision to let Norman walk ultimately led to Gettleman’s firing in 2017, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport, and last offseason Gettleman became GM of the Giants.
This time, Gettleman didn’t tag Collins and later rescind it. Instead, the Giants opted to let Collins, a three-time Pro Bowl safety who has recorded eight interceptions since being a second-round pick in 2015, walk without tagging him ever.
The franchise tag would have guaranteed the 25-year-old Collins $11.15 million in 2019, however his new deal, which contains $45 million guaranteed, pays Collins an average of $14.1 million annually.
Gettleman indicated at the NFL combine that the organization had salary cap restrictions and he didn’t want “distractions” in the locker room, but did not specifically reference Collins.
The Giants and Redskins play each other twice next year, and it’s a safe bet there will be some animosity toward Gettleman and the Giants leading up to their first matchup.