UPDATE (5:36pm): Josh Norman signed a deal with Washington, the team announced Friday.
After unexpectedly becoming a free agent, All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman has been taking calls, looking for his next home.
And while the 49ers, with over $50 million in available cap space, were one of the teams initially interested in his services, San Francisco is reportedly no longer one of Norman's potential landing spots.
The decision is down to Washington and New Orleans, according to multiple reports.
The 49ers were likely hoping for a “soft market” for Norman, a source told CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco. It is unlikely the 49ers will enter a bidding war that could make him the highest-paid player on the team, the source said. The 49ers "like the player," but the source said Norman's style might not be a perfect fit in the team's defensive scheme.
The 49ers had asked Norman to make a visit to Santa Clara.
As CB Josh Norman is with Redskins, Saints are making strong push to sign him, per sources. Decision down to Redskins and Saints.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 22, 2016
To sign Josh Norman, Saints would have to get creative with contract, as only Chiefs have less cap space than NO, which has $3.44M cap room.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 22, 2016