Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans corner back Alterraun Verner (20) strips the ball from Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Lions 44-41 in overtime. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Alterraun Verner: Former Titans CB Signs With Buccaneers




It’s not surprising to see Alterraun Verner leave the Tennessee Titans. What’s surprising is that management let him slip away at just a hair more than $6.5 million per season. Consider the four-year contracts that other cornerbacks received on the market: Sam Shields ($39 million), Vontae Davis ($39 million) and Brent Grimes ($32 million).

What’s interesting is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely replace Darrelle Revis with Verner. Just this past season, Verner was competing to keep his No. 2 starter job away from Tommie Campbell. Verner won the job during preseason and went on to have a Pro Bowl season.

Who knows why Verner left. One could speculate many different theories. Maybe Verner felt disrespected, maybe the Titans weren’t even offering him that much money, or maybe he just wanted out of Nashville. At least he’s out of the AFC and with a team who could maximize his talents in Lovie Smith‘s defense.

Expect the Titans to pursue his successor on the roster. Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh are both young cornerbacks who should compete for promotions. There’s a chance they pursue Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert with pick No. 11 in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Titans still have Jason McCourty who’ll receive the bulk of work against opponent’s No. 1 receivers.

Not concerned about cornerback play. This is the franchise who has found mid- to late-round gems that includes Verner (4th), McCourty (6th) and Cortland Finnegan (7th). Some fans will clamor for a Finnegan-to-Titans reunion. I’d expect the team to remain committed with their young pups.

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