Just when it seems like the NFC East couldn't get any more exciting, the Washington Redskinsmanaged to pull off one of the biggest free-agent signings of the 2016 off-season with Josh Norman.

After the Carolina Pantherspulled off the questionable move of rescinding the franchise tag from their former star cornerback earlier this week, the Redskins wasted no time going after Norman--whoagreedto a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington on Friday. Originally, Norman was scheduled to make just under $14 million in 2016 under the franchise tag, but the cornerback will now earn an average of $15 million per season thanks to this new deal from Washington.

Expect an immediate impact

Despite finishing the regular season as NFC East champions, it was no secret the Redskins had plenty of areas in need of improvement on defense--especially when it came totheir 25th ranked passing defense. Whenlooking at all of the big-name wide receivers he shut down in 2015, there's no question Norman will make an immediate impact on Washington's defense as the team will look to make another run at what should be another wide-open race in the division.

During his career with the Panthers, Normanshowed the rest of the NFL why he deserved to be in the conversation of being one of the league's top cornerbacks. Now that he's finally received the type of pay day he was fighting for, expect Norman to make an impact right away as one of the newest members of the Redskins.

Extra motivation for Norman thanks to Carolina

If there's anything to take away from the last couple of days, it would be the Panthers now have a huge hole to fill on defense now that Norman is a member of the Redskins.

Carolina will be strongly considered as one of the favorites in the NFC once again, but replacing a player like Norman certainly won't be easy.

In fact, the Panthers may regret not giving Norman the type of money he wanted in the first place as the cornerback will now enter the 2016 season with a huge chip on his shoulder to prove his doubters wrong--which is even better news for the Redskins.

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