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San Francisco 49ers add veteran cornerback Josh Norman

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman (29) reacts to his interception return for a touchdown with teammate outside linebacker Matt Milano (58) against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Josh Norman. The contract is reportedly worth up to $2.5 million, a deal with a base value above the veteran minimum.

A first-team All-Pro with the Carolina Panthers in 2015, Norman spent last season with the Buffalo Bills. He played 344 snaps across nine games, recording 23 solo tackles, one interception and three pass breakups. His 69.1 PFF grade ranked 33rd among qualifying cornerbacks.

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Norman has earned just one 77.0-plus PFF coverage grade (2015) throughout his NFL career.

He played 446 defensive snaps and earned a 69.5 PFF coverage grade with the Bills in 2020. He earned a 43.4 coverage grade across 603 defensive snaps with the Washington Football Team the year prior.

Season Total snaps PFF grade Rank
2020 344 69.1 33rd of 136
2019 603 45.7 128th of 135
2018 1,028 68.9 49th of 131
2017 902 72.2 49th of 126
2016 1,059 71.7 26th of 132
2015 1,063 83.7 3rd of 128
2014 637 70.5 32nd of 123
2013 102 51.9 N/A
2012 772 58.7 89th of 118

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