Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott went back to their Carolina Panthers’ background this past offseason with the addition of Josh Norman. The hope was that after a few down years with Washington, a return to McDermott’s defense where he played at such a high level, could help Norman bounce back.
However, this season has been slowed by a couple of hamstring injuries, one at the start of the year that landed him on injured reserve, and one recently that forced him to miss Weeks 7-9. He was expected to return against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10 but tested positive for COVID-19 and missed that game.
The depth at the cornerback position has been tested this year but the team may have found their long-term answer in the form of Dane Jackson. He was drafted in the seventh round of this past NFL Draft and has looked good in two starts. In addition to Jackson, the Bills will likely bring back Levi Wallace and Cam Lewis, who are restricted free agents. They also will have E.J. Gaines returning next season, who elected to opt-out of this season due to concerns about the pandemic.
The Buffalo Bills likely won’t have the roster space to bring back Josh Norman next year.