Alterraun Verner is Superb Under-the-Rader Signing by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For the past three years, Alterraun Verner has been the quite anchor of an underrated Tennessee Titans team that has been consistently good while struggling through inconsistent seasons for the team. That changed on the first day of the 2014 NFL free agency period when he received a four-year, $25.5 million from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who got the steal of the first day of free agency.
The Titans’ secondary was its best positional defensive unit in 2013, which was somewhat of a breakout year for Verner. He’s a terrific zone coverage cornerback, so he’ll fit perfectly in Lovie Smith’s defense. Although Verner isn’t the biggest name in the free agency class of 2014, he is definitely the most underrated player and deserves every penny of what he received form the Bucs. In fact, he would have been a great signing for around $10 more in total money, but his $14 million guaranteed makes up for that.
After playing in his first Pro Bowl in 2013, Verner caught the attention of cornerback-needy teams like the Bucs, who will soon be parting ways with Derrelle Revis. Even with the man with the island nickname, Tampa Bay had the 17th-best pass defense in 2013. With Verner on board — a high-caliber player who isn’t overpaid — that should change in 2014.
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