Tennessee Titans Don’t Intend to Use Franchise Tag in 2014

Tennessee Titans Don't Intend to Use Franchise Tag in 2014

Jan 23, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) at practice for the 2014 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

Approximately six weeks ago…

 

So there you have it. The Tennessee Titans don’t intend to use the franchise tag or transition tag. Shortly after the 2013-14 NFL season ended, Alterraun Verner expressed interest in testing the open market. The four-year pro went from nearly losing his starting job to Tommie Campbell to rewarding the Titans with his first Pro Bowl season.

 

An $11.2 million franchise tag for a No. 2 cornerback? Can’t blame general manager Ruston Webster for not wanting to meet that. He already signed Jason McCourty to a six-year, $44.26-million contract in 2012 (rotoworld). While Tommie Campbell appears like nothing more than a special teams player, the Titans still have Coty Sensabaugh and last year’s third-round draft pick, Blidi Wreh-Wilson. If Verner signs elsewhere, the team has two cornerbacks from which they can develop.

Another matter working against overpaying Verner: the No. 11 pick. If Verner leaves and the Titans weren’t confident in their other options earning a promotion, then they should have their choice between either Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, or possibly both.

Don’t panic though: Verner may want to test the open market, but he has expressed an interest to return, possibly not letting it get that far:

 

Free agency is still about one month away. Anything can happen. The Titans offer him a fair deal (probably around $8 million per season), then maybe the McCourty-Verner duo can stick together while Sensabaugh continues to play well as a nickelback. If not, the Titans have more money to use on improving their pass-rush for Horton’s new scheme.

Topics: 2014 NFL Free Agency, Alterraun Verner, NFL, Tennessee Titans

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  • Matt Ward

    As good as Verner was this year, I’d hate to see the Titans break the bank on him. Assuming he leaves, do you like Wreh-Wilson or Sensabaugh to get the first shot at replacing him?

    • Joshua Huffman

      I’d say Sensabaugh. But it’ll be a head-to-head battle in training camp. So Sensabaugh will probably get Game 2 vs No. 1 WR, Wreh-Wilson gets Game 3 vs No. 1 WR, something of that nature. Then there’s Tommie Campbell as a dark horse candidate but I wouldn’t put my $ on him.

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