The Carolina Panthers had one of the top defensive units in the NFL last season. Next season, they will likely be without one of their key pieces.

Yesterday evening the Panthers removed the restricted franchise tag from corner Josh Norman. The vocal defensive back is now able to sign with any team he would like. Under the franchise tag, Norman would've been eligible to make $14 million next season. Norman, of course, is looking for more money. He is reportedly seeking upwards of $16 million per year. The Panthers maxed out their offer to Norman at $11 million on a 1 year deal. Seeing that the two sides were far apart, and avoiding distraction and keeping the team focused on its goal of competing for a championship, the Panthers let Norman go.

Rumors are that the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, and Tennessee Titans are the early favorites to land Norman. Needless to say, we can probably count the Giants out of the hunt for Norman given his history with Odell Beckham Jr.

Where do you think Norman will end up?