Verner Talks Hargreaves

May 6th, 2016
Vernon Hargreaves


For a guy terrible in his days in Tampa Bay and who is paid over $6 million a year, one would think cornerback Alterraun Verner would be anything but excited about a new cornerback coming to the Bucs.

But not only was Verner happy to see Vernon Hargreaves drafted No. 11 overall, Verner actually suggested he was “excited.”

That’s what Verner explained to co-hosts Booger McFarland and Ross Tucker on “The Opening Drive” yesterday, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“I don’t watch a lot of college football but from the highlights it looks like [Hargreaves] makes a lot of plays on the football,” Verner said. “He looks to be very smooth, so I am excited. At this point of my career I believe I have football left but it is always exciting to see new blood come in.

“[Hargreaves] really wanted to be here, he really wanted to play for the Bucs. So I am excited. He wants to make this team better.”

Well, today, Hargreaves and the rest of the rookies suit up in Bucs gear for the first time and take the practice fields at One Buc Palace for rookie minicamp.

Of course, Joe will be out there. You would expect less of him?

32 Responses to “Verner Talks Hargreaves”

  1. d-roca Says:

    I would not expect less Joe. Keep the stories coming. Very interesting insight and reporting is great to have as a bucs fan

  2. Espo Says:

    I would not expect less of Joe. I also wouldn’t be upset if Joe went to the beach instead. I would live vicariously through Joe. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

  3. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Verner will easily have earned more than 10 million by now. Money has become irrelevant. Seriously! He and all of his offspring are set forever.

    He is now down to simply playing and enjoying what’s left of his career. Oh yeah of course the 6 million sweetens the pot but I bet he would play here for less. I’m wondering if Licht is permitted to renegotiate Verner’s deal.

    I like Verner a lot. I think he provides experienced depth and who knows, given the proper coaching and a defensive system that actually works, Verner may have a rebound year. I just don’t know about a six million dollar year.

  4. Kevin Says:

    I like the fact he wants to he here and wants to make the team better, I just think hes gonna get burned for some TDS in this league. I would keep him in the slot rotation with verner and let verner rotate with banks and grimes on the outside for his rookie season. Im just happy our guys will be playing some press coverage for the first time in forever. Should be fun to watch

  5. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Thank the football Gods the ghost of Darelle Revis can finally be put to rest. To hear people wail over that cash money millionaire OMG. Same can said about Semion Rice thank you football Gods for Spawn. Plaese no more crying over the spoils of yesterday,we now have they’re Heir Apparent.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    LCB B. Grimes | J. Adjei-Barimah
    RCB A.Verner | J. Banks
    SCB V.Hargreaves | J.Robinson

    FS C. Conte | K. Tandy
    SS B. McDougald | M. Wright

    Note: With NFL teams lined up with three or more receivers, almost 60% of the time.
    Hargreaves should have no problem taking over the slot. Bradley Roby, Kyle Fuller and plenty other rookies corners – have thrived in this role recently.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Love you LUV but I personally feel VH3 is far to great a talent to be relegated to slot. I couldn’t give him props before the draft because he was a Gator but now that he’s a Bucc I can’t front the kid is nasty. Kevin it happens from time to time DeAndre Hopkins made Revis look silly last year. I think he’ll start on across Grimes making the transition easier because he won’t be facing number ones right out the gate. I like him day 1 against NFL number 2 WR all day long. Brent Musberger says it best while viewing his highlights”its hard to make a living one-on-one throwing at #1″. I think this pup gone be speacial.

  8. Luther Says:

    Verner has been nothing but class since he’s been here. This speaks volumes for his character.

  9. DallasBuc Says:

    I have a good feeling about Hargreaves. I think this kid will be special for us. Can’t wait for Buc football which is a feeling I have not experienced much over the last few dismal years.

  10. Dreambig Says:

    Luvmybucs – What happened to Ryan Smith? Not giving that young man a chance?

  11. DPewter Says:

    LUVMYBUCS A.Verner finished the year playing nickel after his RCB play was abysmal. He actually did decent at nickel, but you see him playing over Hargreaves at the RCB position and Hargreaves moving to nickel?

    If its due to speed and size Verner is actually shorter and slower than Hargreaves.

  12. THETRUTH Says:

    Everyone did bad in the CB position in that terrible scheme. I throw out what they all did the past two years. Verner was pro bowler befor he came here and banks was playing pretty dam well as 2nd year player and showed promise, even in lovies defense where he led team I pics. He got benched cause Locie love affair with Mike Jenkins

    When a defensive coach can’t find a place for REVIS the best CB in league that tells me he can’t make adjustments and stubborn to do so.

    Lovie probably would have s by deon sanders packing.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Verner is doing everything he can to keep his job…..we are now somewhat CB rich and his $6mil could be used in FA elsewhere (WR fo example). I’m not saying he is insincere but its in his best interest to display an extremely positive attitude.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t approached with a restructure offer before the season starts.

  14. Joe Says:

    Thank the football Gods the ghost of Darelle Revis can finally be put to rest.

    Might want to pump the brakes. Not sure Hargreaves is Revis quite yet.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    Verner is showing real class with this attitude.

    When every player on the team is truly more concerned with “we” than “me” – then great things happen for the team.

    Verner is a good dude. He’s smart as hell and a pretty solid CB IMO. I’m glad we have him and that he and Banks are getting “fresh starts” this year – because both deserve it.

    You literally cannot have too many good cornerbacks on your team in the NFL. With the signing of Grimes, drafting of Hargreaves and hiring of quality DB coaches – I think the Bucs have turned a position of weakness last year into a position of strength. And done so I will add for not much more than the cost of a single CB had Licht not jettisoned the ridiculous contract that Dummynick signed a rehabbing Revis to.

  16. Lunchbox Says:

    Luther- Totally agree. He’s been a total pro. I think he and Banks are going to have good bounce-back seasons this year, now that they have better coaching that will let them use their talents the way they should. I’m sure Hargreaves will take one of the starting spots before long, but if he’s in the slot for a year, I think that’s fine.

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe…Tony the Tiger would say….You’re Grrrrrrrreat!

  18. Mike Johnson Says:

    Verner needs to step up his game. Scheme or no scheme, since he’s been with the Bucs, He’s gotten beaten a drum! Both him and Mr Banks. Both of them are running out of excuses. That’s right, I said it!

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Good luck VHIII…the secondary can’t get any worse.

    Just remembered Raheem 2011….

    Slapped myself.

  20. Floridaboybill Says:

    Joe let us kno all!

  21. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yeah, I’m with you guys on Verner; he’s been nothing but class. If he and Banks can bounce back, we’ll be set at CB.
    Hargreaves is a rookie and WILL get beat, all corners do. It’s how he develops, that’s the key.

    Is it football season yet?!

  22. Buccfan37 Says:

    That’s why they call them highlights, the lowlights are ignored. Big things come in small packages.

  23. Joe Says:

    Good luck VHIII…the secondary can’t get any worse.

    Just remembered Raheem 2011….

    Slapped myself.

    How about the nightmare that was the secondary in Greg Schiano’s first year — which included the almighty Aqib Talib — specifically the day Eli Manning blowtorched them in the fourth quarter?

  24. Nick2 Says:

    Joe, I don’t think Verner has anything to be worried about. He was our nickel last year and probably will be again this year. Lovie had a terrible secondary scheme (aka- his son with little knowledge coaching) and I think all of the evaluation done in the last 3 years has gone completely out the window. I think Verner and Banks both make this team. The ones on the out are probably the two who ended up starting at corners at the end of the year after the musical chairs charade.

  25. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Mike Johnson- We’ve heard about the scheme over and over ad nauseam. I, for one, have a serious problem believing that football players don’t make plays regardless of the scheme. I mean, how do you just stand there play after play watching the slant?! Scheme be damned, if you’re a good football player you make a play. There’s no question that it didn’t work( the scheme), I’m just saying that if Verner and Banks are worth their weight, they would’ve made plays. We didn’t see that. That the scheme is different does not necessarily mean these guys turn into better players. Coaches coach and players play. Lets hope the new system bodes well for these guys.

  26. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Joe I’m not a wait an see type of guy. I’m not an expert but I know bad@$$ when I see it. I didn’t see him play in highschool but I’m sure he was nice. It translates from one level to the next. In the NCAA he displayed a skillset that got him drafted early in the first round. I see no evidence that would suggest he in turn will not become a dominant player in the NFL. Don’t need him to become Revis just need him to be the best VH3. That will suffice and in my opinion place him on the same level. And again thanks for the spotlight I’ve noticed you and attention to me for quite some time now.

  27. Stanglassman Says:


    So in your eyes the players should just play whatever technique THEY think is best and not listen to their coaches? That will get you benched faster than playing their tech. and getting beat. We all know now that Lovie told the corners to allow the slant “Slants won’t beat you letting them get behind you will”. to paraphrase what the corners have told us since Lovie’s departure. Anyone could see the frustration on the cbs faces allowing the wrs a free release and lane to the inside. I do believe it got slightly better once Kwon started stepping into the opening faster once he understood his position responsibilities better.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    “How about the nightmare that was the secondary in Greg Schiano’s first year — which included the almighty Aqib Talib — specifically the day Eli Manning blowtorched them in the fourth quarter?”

    Ug…the Giants game. 2012 was pretty bad too, hence Revis deal in 2013. Lot’s of carry overs from Raheem though. Barber of course doesn’t count. Biggers, Talib, Tanard (Gruden) Cody Grimm….Yeah 2012 was pretty bad too, but there’s an easy excuse for that. Raheem was in his 3rd year(albeit the Glazers being cheap) and Schiano was in his 1st.

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Wait and Raheem was what? A former SECONDARY coach!

    Holy crap!

  30. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Stanglassman- That’s not what I’m saying at all. Think of it this way; if you and I were playing flag football and I were covering you and getting beat by the same move every time as you were dancing in the endzone, I would make it a personal vendetta to either clean your clock at the line or jump the route. I’m not a pro and would do that, that’s pride. I don’t want you talking about how you torched Fanman all game, that’s disheartening. So our CBs get burnt game in and game out and they don’t feel this way? And, how many people are watching? Pride alone would make me want to make a play.
    I go back to the fact that you can only put so much blame on coaching, players have to make plays.

  31. Nick2 Says:

    Didn’t Malcom Butler win a Super Bowl jumping a slant route???? Yeah Lovie slants cant beat you. OMG and that was the strategy we employed? No wonder all of our DB’s played back 20 yards off the line of scrimmage. Conservative defense at its absolute worst!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Jaf12d Says:

    Just met Marcus Maye he said out of Tabor and Hargreaves he’d take Hargreaves. I think Licht made the right decision. And as a nole it hurts to say, but we’re in good hands ‘