WASHINGTON — The list of of free agents the Redskins have paid top dollar to, only for them to prove unworthy of the investment, seems endless, although Albert Haynesworth probably sums it up sufficiently.
When Josh Norman suddenly became available in April, and the Redskins swooped in to make him the highest-paid corner in the NFL, it had deja vu written all over it.
Nothing about the last-minute signing fit within General Manger Scot McCloughan’s build-through-the-draft paradigm and, as headlines about Norman’s success being a product of Carolina’s zone scheme splashed across the internet in the weeks after, disaster — that the Redskins had reverted back to their old ruinous ways and railroaded yet another rebuild — certainly seemed possible.
Through fives games, though, none of those gloom-and-doom scenarios have come to pass. Norman has played so well for the Redskins, he already has opposing NFC East receivers wondering if he might be the best corner in the league.
In speaking to Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan Thursday, Norman said he never worried about being the next D.C. bust because he just doesn’t fit that mold.
“Nope. Because it was none of my business. It was none of my business,” he reiterated. “It ain’t got nothing to do with me, so like I told somebody the other day and I continue to tell people: I don’t understand why they thought everything was going to change.
“I don’t even feel like I’ve been paid to be honest. I still got things I’ve got to do.”
Norman made it clear that his priorities are no different today than when he was a no-name rookie.
“I don’t see it, man. I don’t see it. You ‘make it’ when you’re done with your career,” Norman explained, rebuffing any suggestion to the contrary. “You make it when you’re done at the point where you can put on a gold jacket and see yourself in the mirror, and when you look on and look at your darn bust.
“That’s when you say you can make something. I haven’t gotten to that point yet, so I’m still working towards that and hopefully if God continues to bless me and keep me healthy, then that is the next steps that I can take.”
His to-do list is short, but far from simple.
“I’ve got a lot of goals I want to accomplish,” he explained. “I want to win a Super Bowl. Shoot, I want to continue to be an All-Pro each and every year and go to the Pro Bowl and do those things. Well, not go to the Pro Bowl, because I would rather be in a Super Bowl than a Pro Bowl.
“I got those goals to attain before I can actually look back at my whole career and say, ‘Man. That’s awesome.’ No, I can’t do that yet, man, because I’m still working towards that. That’s why I say I don’t feel like I got the money, nor do I feel like I made it, because I still got more work to do.”