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49ers, Washington 'have emerged as front-runners' for Josh Norman, per Ian Rapoport

The San Francisco 49ers have cap space and a cornerback need. Washington has defensive needs, and Dan Snyder's ego. Who will win?

Fooch's update: Washington gets first crack

It would appear we have an early pair of front runners for the services of free agent cornerback Josh Norman. Ian Rapoport reported the San Francisco 49ers and Washington have emerged at the head of the pack. Jason LaCanfora reported that Washington has a "very legit offer on the table" and the 49ers interest is "very strong."

There have been a handful of teams that have been connected to Norman. Some have more cap space than others, but I imagine most any team could make the necessary room if they really want Norman. Over The Cap lists Washington with $11,682,340 in cap space. That is certainly not 49ers-level space, but it's more than enough to get a long-term deal done. And knowing Dan Snyder, if it comes down to money, I feel like no price will be too high.

Charles Robinson reported earlier on Thursday that Norman's approach to free agency will be about more than just money.

If the price is right, I think he'll be willing to sacrifice some of these other things. I imagine he would want to find his way to a winning situation, but if one offer blows away any other, I imagine that could close the deal.