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Josh Norman excited about facing Odell Beckham Jr. twice each season


An incredibly tumultuous several days that featured a nearly incomprehensible sequence of events for Josh Norman has landed the former Carolina Panthers cornerback in D.C. as a member of the Washington Redskins courtesy of a reported five-year, $75 million deal.

It didn’t take long for people to put two and two together and realize the abrupt change in scenery means Norman will now be lining up across from arch-rival Odell Beckham Jr. twice each season as the corner’s new team counts the New York Giants as a division rival.

And Norman said Monday he is eagerly anticipating bitter battles with Beckham for years to come.

“It’s gonna be fun,’’ Norman said Monday at his Redskins introductory presser, via the New York Post. “He’s a competitor.

“I’m gonna play. I’m gonna give everything I got, just as well as he is. Whatever happens that day, it will happen. I don’t hold the future. But what I do know is that I’m gonna work my tail off until I see somebody that’s different. That’s all I’m bringing here. Just work. Work, work, work. Dedication to my craft. Everything else is pretty much irrelevant.”

The animosity that exists between the two players of course stems from several ugly exchanges that occurred between the two players during a Panthers-Giants game on Dec. 20. Things completely got out of hand and as a result Beckham was flagged for three personal fouls, antics that drew him a one-game suspension from the NFL.

Norman, meanwhile, was fined $26,044 for his role in several out-of-control confrontations with Beckham during the game that were on-par with some of the ugliest on-field exchanges between two players in recent league memory.

Tempers to no surprise have cooled a bit — to some extent — but it should be expected that the rivalry between the two fiery players will be reignited early on this fall as the Redskins and Giants square off on Sept. 25.