4 Carolina Panthers that could retire after the 2022 season

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Josh Norman – Carolina Panthers CB

Jaycee Horn’s broken wrist brought a familiar face back to the Carolina Panthers when Josh Norman signed to provide Steve Wilks with an experienced presence for their remaining two games. The cornerback was serving coffee in the barista owned by his mother before getting the call, which gave everyone a huge lift when needed most.

The former All-Pro left under a cloud after the 2015 season, which was the finest of his career by a considerable margin. Norman’s bounced around ever since, so ending his career where it all started would be a tremendous way to bow out all things considered.

Norman was never short of confidence or swagger. Something that the Panthers benefitted from before his departure and from a very limited capacity at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.

With a brand new set of talented cornerbacks emerging from the college ranks later this year, Norman could be further down the pecking order than ever in free agency. He’ll also turn 36 years old during the 2023 campaign, so retirement is a real possibility.

According to Spotrac, Norman’s career earnings stand at $72.16 million. So the chances of him sticking around for one final payday appear remote.

Norman’s come full circle back onto the Panthers. Perhaps the next contract he gets from the franchise with be a one-day agreement.

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