Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) intercepts a pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Cornerback Alterraun Verner

Jason Licht and Lovie Smith are not messing around.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added their fourth free agent of this wild Tuesday, as they agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans corner Alterraun Verner.

And the best part is that Verner didn’t even come with an outrageous price tag, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The average cost of this contract keeps Verner outside of the upper echelon of corners, and drastically reduces the wage bill for the defensive backfield while getting younger and still putting talented players on the field.

In other words, the Buccaneers have taken another step forward on the road to replacing Darrelle Revis, and making the decision to part ways with the All-Pro corner look a little better every passing hour.

Verner was one of the top options at cornerback, stifling opposing passers and allowing a passer rating of just over 55 on balls thrown in his direction in 2013. He’s tallied 11 interceptions in his four years as a pro after being drafted from UCLA. He was the sixth-ranked free agent (and the top corner) on the market, according to CBS Sports. Michael Johnson, who also agreed to terms with the Buccaneers today, was ranked fifth.

Verner has been a starter for two straight years with the Titans, and has yet to miss a game in his NFL career.

Verner now pairs with Johnthan Banks to create a talented tandem of corners who are both entering the prime of their careers, and the Buccaneers still have a load of cash to spend on filling other needs on the roster, such as bringing in offensive linemen like Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith, who are both in talks with the team.

It should also be noted that this move does not eliminate the Buccaneers from the Charles Tillman sweepstakes, as the veteran corner is aging and won’t command a huge salary, and would be an excellent second or third corner to compliment Johnthan Banks across from Verner.

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  • Doug Lacy

    Yeah getting verner was good and all but still the fact that the BUCS are going to let revis go for nothing is insane you lost a high first round pick and a 3rd and 5th to get him and you demanded two first round picks for him but you got laughed at for it so your just gonna cut ties and walk away with a couple bucks in your pocket that’s disgusting to me I know he costs a lot but they need to build the defense around him and Gerald it would be great but if not then atleast keep him till the draft and trade him for a first and a couple other picks and get a QB and try to get Mack or Watkins with your other pick and right at this point I’d be okay with carr bortles or manziel or however you spell his name cause glennon is not the answer I don’t think I could go through another season of his not so good not so bad play and it would be nice to get another top round pick like Mack or whoever