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Josh Norman Joins FOX NFL Sunday Crew

Josh Norman Washington Redskins

Josh Norman recently made headlines when he announced that he’d be joining Fox’s NFL Sunday’s Pregame show. For a minimum of 10 games, he’ll serve as a guest analyst. It’s a bit worrisome however, when your head coach learns of the news through a press conference.

“That’s the first … I have no idea what you’re talking about. Pregame show for what?” “Great to know,” [Jay] Gruden said as he answered a question.

Norman isn’t the first active player to make weekly appearances on a pregame show. Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets, was an analyst last season, on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL”. The appearances on the show weren’t a distraction for Marshall, as he went on to have a career year.

He was a second team All-Pro, was named to the Pro Bowl, and tied for the NFL lead in receiving touchdowns with 14. He also added 109 catches and 1,502 receiving yards. Marshall even earned Emmy nominations for his work.

This incident seems to be the latest episode of drama, that has lingered over the franchise for the past 20 seasons. However, the Washington Redskins, will have no qualms about Norman’s deal, if he produces on the field, like Marshall did last season for the Jets.

Norman has been one of he more polarizing figures in Skins’ camp this year. With this latest announcement though, Norman knows he’ll be under the microscope more than ever. He’s aiming to defy any criticisms of his decision.

“I haven’t told Coach [Jay] Gruden or [defensive coordinator Joe] Barry yet, but I’ll give them a nice shout out on TV,” said Norman. “It’s not at all going to be a distraction. If you keep your focus on you and not anybody else, you’re going to be fine. I’m going to be me on Sunday.”

Josh Norman signed a massive five-year, $75 million deal with $36.5 million included within the first two seasons, after the Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag.

The Redskins will get the opportunity to gain early returns, on their biggest investment this past free agency. Within the first three weeks of the season, Josh Norman faces off against, Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, and arch-nemesis Odell Beckham Jr.