One of the most overlooked transactions of the NFL offseason might be the Washington Redskins signing Josh Norman — and not necessarily because of what Norman does on the field.
Though he’ll certainly help Washington’s defense, Norman signing on with the Skins is even more intriguing because it means the cornerback and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will match up at least twice per season.
You’ll likely recall the on-field skirmish Norman — then a Carolina Panther — and Beckham had during a game at MetLife Stadium last season. The two went back and forth all game, trading post-whistle shoves and doing plenty of trash talking.
They won’t meet on the field again until Week 3, but they’re already reigniting the rivalry with a little smack talk.
Beckham told GQ he thinks a big reason Norman is in Washington is because of their little dust-up, calling it a “smart business move” by Norman.
“The reason he’s become so relevant is because of me,” Beckham told GQ, per ESPN.com.
“If I wasn’t playing him twice a year, maybe people wouldn’t bring it up as much,” he added. “But now it’ll be a lot more media attention for him, attention that I don’t really look for, attention that I don’t need.”
Norman got his chance to respond Thursday during a Facebook Live chat with Business Insider.
“I don’t know how you respond to that other than laugh,” Norman told Business Insider, per ESPN.com. “I don’t know what you get out of that. I don’t know, man. There’s a time when people who honor themselves will fall short, so when that day comes, we’ll see.”
So, yeah. Football fans might want to go ahead and circle Sept. 25 on their calendar.
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