By Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON — Redskins cornerback Josh Norman defends his decision to moonlight as a Fox NFL contributor this coming season.

“It’s my off time. I do whatever I choose,” Norman told ESPN’s Dianna Russini. “I mean, I ride my horse in my off time. Nobody says anything about that. Everybody’s like, ‘Oh, great.’ But to do a pre-show taped live on Sunday and get it sent in, it’s not a problem for me.”

As reported by, Norman struck a deal with Fox to make 10 appearances on the network, which could include pre-taped segments (from his Virginia home), an in-studio appearance during the Redskins’ Week 9 bye, and possibly live hits from the stadium.

Norman told TheMMQB he hadn’t yet informed his head coach, Jay Gruden, and later clarified to reporters he was “pretty sure he already knows about it.” It appears that wasn’t the case. When asked about Norman’s TV job later that day, Gruden replied, “That’s the first… I have no idea what you’re talking about? Pregame show for what?”

Now, some may be of the mind to view this entirely as a non-story, a simple miscommunication overblown from the beginning. If you are of that opinion, you and Norman are in agreement.

Asked if Gruden was truly unaware of the gig, Norman told Russini, “I mean he’s cool with it. We’re not even shooting on Sundays. C’mon, people. Like, let’s get it together. It’s notttt a big deal.”

“I think people just start to look for stuff, and they search for it, they try to dig out what they want so they can put it on a headline for it to be this big thing,” Norman said, describing my job perfectly.

“Which don’t even make sense, like a logical mind would think about. I play FOOTBALL. I’m a football player. I have a job playing football. Like, this is something I do in my off time, and it’s cool, and I am appreciative of Fox for allowing me to do it, and my team, organization, because obviously they knew about it. I mean they had to sign off on it before it actually took place.”

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