Bucs Sign Alterraun VernerMarch 11th, 2014
He’s 25, lightning fast, a Pro Bowl cornerback, and now he’s a Buccaneer. The Bucs have signed former Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who hasn’t missed a game in his four seasons in Tennessee and had five picks last year and made his first trip to Hawaii.
NFL Network is reporting it’s a four-year deal for $26.5 million and $14 million guaranteed.
It seems the Bucs got off cheap, and it sure seems like Darrelle Revis is a goner — unless Lovie Smith wants the meanest nastiest secondary in the NFL.
Verner was a bit of a salary cap casualty in Tennessee. The Titans already had cornerback Jason McCourty on the books at $8.6 million per year, plus safety Michael Griffin eats up $8 million of their cap.
This is an excellent signing, and so far today the Bucs have jacked up their pass rush two notches with DT Clinton McDonald and DE Michael Johnson, and added a proven corner in Verner. Not bad at all.
But what about the offense?
It’s going to take a lot more than an average tight end, the Bucs signed Brandon Myers today, and (maybe tomorrow) Josh McCown to raise the 32nd-ranked offense from the dead.