The 49ers, who lead the NFL in available cap space, have reportedly "called about" cornerback Josh Norman, according to the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person.
Norman unexpectedly became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday after the Panthers announced they had rescinded the franchise tag.
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Between 8-9 teams have contacted the All-Pro defensive back's representatives, the Observer reported. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Miami are three other teams identified to be in the mix.
The 49ers with $52.6 million in cap space lead the league, with the Jaguars ($52.5M) and Browns ($40M) closely behind.
Norman had his breakout season in a contract year with Carolina in 2015, recording four interceptions and returning two for touchdowns. His defensive play helped lead his team to Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos at Levi's Stadium.
Norman entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick in 2012 out of Coastal Carolina.
8-9 teams have contacted Josh Norman's representatives since Panthers rescinded the tag, per league source.— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 21, 2016
Niners, with a ton of cap space, among teams that called about Josh Norman, per source. Others incl. Bucs, Steelers, Dolphins.— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 21, 2016