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This Monday night, the Washington Redskins will host the Carolina Panthers in a game with huge playoff implications for the Skins’. It will also be the first time that Josh Norman faces off against his old team after a not so friendly split during the off season. Norman has enjoyed a decent season in Washington but it doesn’t shake his feelings of being done wrong in Carolina.


The Panthers at first gave Norman the franchise tag, which would have guaranteed he would’ve been paid among the other elite corners in the league. However, Panthers General Manager Dave Gettelman then rescinded that tag after Norman still was upset about not getting a long term deal and they straight up released him.

“It almost felt like I was stabbed the back in a way,” Norman said Thursday, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “But at the same time I’m not saying he probably meant to do that in that way. It’s just probably the business aspect of it and the money factor and what he believed.”

“I gave everything I could do and at the end of the day it seems as if I wasn’t worthy enough to be there,” Norman said. “I got fired. I’m kind of taking it like that.”

This situation is eerily familiar to how the Panthers let go of Steve Smith two years ago under shady circumstances. Smith was so angry he vowed that blood would spill when the Ravens played the Panthers last year and while nobody wound up bleeding to death, the game was certainly testy.

Asked how he will feel heading into the game against his former team, Norman said “You guys know me better than I think anyone else and you should know how this is going to go down. I’m not going to sit there and lie down and die. I’m going to come out and fight. And I’m gonna fight somebody else to try to get a win if I have to.”

The matchups with Norman and Panthers receivers should be fun to watch.

H/t Complex