SANTA CLARA, Calif. – With the intention of having more depth in the secondary defense, the San Francisco 49ers signed former All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman.
Norman signed a one-year contract on Monday, the 49ers reported, and to make room for him on the roster, the team released veteran cornerback Dontae Johnson.
The 49ers added Norman to a group of cornerbacks that currently has two cornerbacks, Ambry Thomas and Deommodore Lenoir, behind starters Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley and nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams.
Norman, 33, played last season with the Buffalo Bills, with whom he started three games and appeared in 12, including the Playoffs. He had 24 tackles, one forced fumble, one recovered and one interception in nine regular-season games.
On social media over the weekend, Norman joked that he was joining the 49ers.
“I wonder what the temperature will be in California right now,” Norman posted on Friday in a tweet.
On Sunday, he continued with his messages.
“In the final hours before the climax. A decision was made! Now there is only one thing left to do… ”, Norman stated, who has 15 career interceptions.
San Francisco will be Norman’s fourth team in the NFL after spending five seasons with the Carolina Panthers and four with the Washington Football Team before joining the Bills last season. In his time with the Carolina Panthers, he was selected to the All-Pro starting team in 2015 and went to the Pro Bowl that season.
The 49ers start the regular season Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.