The life of an NFL general manager sure is a tough one.
Especially, for guys like Tennessee Titans GM Ruston Webster, who has tons of franchise-altering decisions to make this offseason. One of which pertains to All-Pro defensive back and pending free agent Alterraun Verner. At 25 years old, Verner turned in a beautiful 2014 campaign with a team-high five interceptions in 16 games.
However, the Titans still didn’t finish over .500 last year and another multi-million-dollar defensive back really isn’t in Tennessee’s current budget. With that being said, it’s fairly clear that Verner is to test the free agent market, where a team like the Minnesota Vikings could pounce. Although the Titans have remained rather tight-lipped about Verner’s state, the fact that Webster didn’t extend a franchise tag Verner’s way really says all there is to say.
Furthermore, it’s time for Verner to sit back and enjoy the bidding war that’s about to ensue for his services. Look, it’s no secret why the Seattle Seahawks cruised their way to a Super Bowl XLVIII title — excellent play from the secondary. Moreover, Verner’s the type of physical cornerback that NFL teams drool over. And for that very reason, the idea of Verner accepting a “hometown discount” to stay in the Music City is downright ridiculous.
With the NFL being such a passing league, All-Pro defensive backs are very hard to find. At the end of the day; Verner should toss the idea of a Titans’ discount right in the trash.