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CB J.Norman, S T.Jefferson Released

A pair of starting defensive backs have been (or will be) released by their DMV teams.

First we go to Washington, where cornerback Josh Norman has been released. Norman, who turned 32 in December, began his career in Carolina, then signed with Washington as a free agent in 2016 after the Panthers surprisingly rescinded his franchise tag. He started eight of his first nine games last season, but then was banished deep to the bench, playing only 10 defensive snaps in his last three appearances. Norman was due $12.5 million in salary in 2020; by releasing him, Washington will take on $3 million in dead money. 

Meanwhile, up Interstate 95, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Baltimore Ravens will release safety Tony Jefferson. Jefferson started all 35 of his games in purple-and-black, though a torn ACL ended his 2019 season in October. His backup, Chuck Clark, played so well that Baltimore signed him to a three-year extension earlier this week. The move takes Jefferson's $11.6 million cap hit off the boards, leaving Baltimore with $4.1 million in dead money. 

Since they were released, both Norman and Jefferson (who turned 28 in January) will be able to sign with any team immediately, rather than having to wait for free agency to begin on March 18.

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