Bills sign cornerback Josh Norman

Nearly a week-and-a-half after NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo first reported that the Buffalo Bills had come to terms on a one-year deal with free agent cornerback Josh Norman, the team made the signing official on Wednesday, just two hours before the opening of the new league year at 4 p.m.

The @BuffaloBills have signed CB Josh Norman to a one-year contract.

— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) March 18, 2020

The 32-year-old veteran had spent the last four seasons with the Washington Redskins, registering 235 combined tackles with one sack, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 43 passes defended and seven interceptions in 58 games. Last season was a down year for Norman, where he only played in 12 games, starting eight of those games where he picked up 40 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, six passes defended and one interception.

He was released by the Redskins back on Feb. 14 with one year remaining on his contract.

Norman got his NFL career started with the Carolina Panthers when the team took him in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent four years playing under current Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who was the team's defensive coordinator at the time, and became one of the best corners in the game, especially in 2015 when he was a First-Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler with 56 combined tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 18 passes defended and four interceptions.

According to Pro Football Focus, Norman's struggles last season placed him 115th out of 119 qualifying cornerbacks with a PFF coverage grade of 43.4.

New Bills CB Josh Norman ranked 115th out of 119 qualifying CBs with a PFF coverage grade of 43.4 in 2019

— PFF (@PFF) March 9, 2020