Patriots will sign Josh Norman to a 5-year, $125M deal

NFL free agency continues with Josh Norman signing a five-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to sources close to the situation. 

According to a report from Bleacher Report, the five-time Pro Bowler has signed with the team on a four-year deal worth $125 million, which will pay him a base salary of $11 million per season. 

Norman, a four time Pro Bowel, is set to make $16.8 million this season, according the report. 

In addition to his signing with the Patriots, Norman is expected to be a free agent following the season.

The former Pro Bowe had one of the best careers in the NFL during his time with the Pats, playing in 4,732 regular season and postseason games, making him one of only four players to reach 3,000 career tackles and earning the franchise MVP award in 2015.

The move brings Norman’s career total to 6,726, which puts him at 4,984 career tackles, which is a career high.

He is the only player in NFL history to record 3,200 career tackles. 

New England is hoping to get better in the backfield, and the team could use the help.

They signed Kyle Arrington and Dion Lewis in free agency last year. 

The team has already announced that the team will be using a “heavy workload” of running backs, and it’s likely Norman will get more carries in 2016 than in 2015, but he could also get more in 2017, depending on how the season plays out.

New England’s roster is set with LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis, Dion Jordan, Julian Edelman, Dion Sims, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen, and Jerick McKinnon. 

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