They hoped Josh Norman would make a big splash when he was a free agent signing in 2016. Instead, the only ripples from the past few years have been rumors about his departure.
And while not getting that "superstar" level of play, Washington has paid "superstar" prices.
Former Redskins corner Fred Smoot said the team can't afford to pay sticker price for the aging corner.
Norman, who turned 31 in December, carries a $14.5 million cap number for the 2019 season. The Skins releasing him with a post-June 1 designation would cost them $6 million in dead money, but save them $8.5 million.
"I'm going to look at that big cap number that Josh Norman has and that's going to make me want to release him," Smoot said.
However, the case for keeping Norman is pretty simple also: This lack of proven quality on the Skins depth chart could mean a reprieve for Norman in 2019.
"I wouldn't cut him because of the rest of the position around him right now," Paulsen said. "If they had talent at corner, I'd say, 'Yeah, move on from Norman he's not worth the money.' I don't know if they have enough talent to make that decision."
"Any push to dismiss Josh Norman makes the Redskins worse as (they're) currently constructed," Hoffman said.