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

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


 

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.

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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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