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Golden Tate would 'love to have' Josh Norman join Detroit Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Josh Norman has been a free agent for less than a day, and already, teams are lining up to pursue the coveted cornerback.

While it’s unclear if the Detroit Lions are one of the teams interested in signing Norman, wide receiver Golden Tate would welcome him openly.

“I didn’t get a chance to play against him this year, and they announced he was the best cornerback in the league,” Tate said. “But I’d love to see him and [Darius] Slay playing together. We’d definitely love to have him.

“I don’t know what the plans are with the scouting department and [Bob] Quinn, I don’t know what they are going to do. But if it is going to help us win, I’m all about it. All about it.”

The Lions could have a little over $23 million in cap room to pursue Norman for the 2016 season, but other teams would have more space to go after him. The Lions also have multiple potential high-priced players heading toward new contracts, including cornerback Slay and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

Slay hired a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, earlier this offseason in hopes of securing a long-term extension with the Lions. It would be tough for the Lions to pay top-dollar for both Norman and Slay in the long-term.

But if the Lions were able to sign Norman, it would automatically give the franchise one of the best cornerback duos in the league with Norman and Slay. The Lions have a somewhat open spot at corner opposite Slay after the retirement of Rashean Mathis.

The Lions have Nevin Lawson, Alex Carter, Darrin Walls and Crezdon Butler signed as potential outside corners opposite Slay. Quandre Diggs is expected to be the team’s slot corner.