What’s the rush? With limited cap space and the uncertainty over how Tennessee Titans defensive back Alterraun Verner fits in the new defense, readers don’t appear as anxious to re-sign the fan favorite as they may have been if the Titans weren’t expected to use more of a man-press scheme.
On June 25, Titan Sized polled readers “When Should Tennessee Titans Extend Alterraun Verner?” Of 64 respondents, the answers varied from “Before Week 1” to “If Young CBs Play Well, Let Him Test FA Market.” A poll-leading 37.5 percent of respondents believed that the most logical route was with an in-season extension.
For Verner, this is an interesting season. Entering a contract year, Verner spent much of mini camps at free safety. This raised questions on whether the Titans were still intending to use Verner as a nickelback. Coty Sensabaugh, Tommie Campbell and Blidi Wreh-Wilson are all competing for spots as the No. 2 outside cornerback or possibly nickelback.
Extend Verner or don’t extend Verner. What makes answering this question so difficult is that only the Titans know how they’ll use Verner when real games begin. They’ll probably keep him at cornerback but nothing is guaranteed. With so much riding on this season, management probably doesn’t care too much about whether Verner is signed beyond this season—not yet. Their concentration is on their job security—and that deals with 2013.
One thing’s for certain: a main storyline heading into training camp will involve Verner’s defensive whereabouts.