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Report: Titans not expected to tag Verner

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When we recently took a team-by-team look at potential franchise-tag recipients, cornerback Alterraun Verner emerged as the most likely candidate for the tag in Tennessee.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean believes the Titans aren’t likely to apply the tag to Verner in the two-week period from the opening of the window for tagging on February 17 to its closing on March 3.

Wyatt points to the projected $11.2 million franchise tender for the cornerback position.  With the team already paying cornerback Jason McCourty $8.6 million per year, it could be hard to justify devoting that much cash and cap space to one position.

The other potential candidate for the tag is safety Bernard Pollard, but they got him for only $2 million in 2013.  It would cost as much as $8 million to tag him.

Wyatt reports that the Titans would like to re-sign both guys.  But they won’t be able to keep one of them from hitting the open market if they won’t be using the tag.

The Titans have projected cap commitments in the range of $126 million, giving them limited cap space to work with.  Like most teams, they could easily generate more via the restructuring, extension, or termination of contracts.

For example, the Titans could clear up to $6 million in 2014 cap dollars by cutting running back Chris Johnson.

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34 Responses to “Report: Titans not expected to tag Verner”
  1. elliottcovert says: Feb 15, 2014 1:58 PM

    Come on over to Minnesota, be reunited with Jerry Gray!

  2. meatcarroll says: Feb 15, 2014 2:02 PM

    He’s no Richard Sherman. #DefendingWorldChamps

  3. tjacks7 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:04 PM

    Thank you baby Jesus. Would be a huge upgrade to Chris Cook and fit in nicely opposite Rhodes.

  4. mutohasaposse says: Feb 15, 2014 2:08 PM

    Would love to see him signed to the Skins. Young player would be an upgrade for almost all teams.

  5. rubenxx7 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:10 PM

    What they need to be worrying about is getting. a real nfl qb that can throw accurate and not be hurt all the time. And a rb who doesnt take plays offfffffff.

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 15, 2014 2:21 PM

    meatcarroll said: “He’s no Richard Sherman.”

    That’s for sure! Thank God!!

    – Titans Fan

  7. Dogsweat says: Feb 15, 2014 2:24 PM

    Trade Colin Kaepernick for Jake Locker.

    Jake behind the 49er defense would go to the Super Bowl.

  8. mantastic54 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:25 PM

    How can a team with so few good players and no qb accounting for a huge chunk have so little cap space? That 126 million figure has to be a mistake

  9. skinsdiehard says: Feb 15, 2014 2:25 PM

    Skins will come a callin’. You’d look good in burgundy and gold.

  10. afcdomination says: Feb 15, 2014 2:25 PM

    this is a thread about verner and the titans not tagging him. why are Vikings fans taking every thread and making it about them? no one cares if you think its a fit in Minnesota.

  11. jeffnfl says: Feb 15, 2014 2:25 PM

    Come on down to Arizona my man, play opposite Patrick Peterson & Mathieu. You’ll thrive out here!

  12. stlunatik says: Feb 15, 2014 2:30 PM

    Chris Johnson to Pittsburgh

  13. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 15, 2014 2:34 PM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    Feb 15, 2014 2:21 PM
    meatcarroll said: “He’s no Richard Sherman.”

    That’s for sure! Thank God!!

    – Titans Fan

    =====

    yeah, you wouldn’t actually want anything successful there in tennessee, would you?

  14. jmblosser82 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:36 PM

    Pittsburgh shouldn’t want not do the need Chris Johnson.

  15. slayer1224 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:38 PM

    Verner would look great in a Saints uniform.

  16. titansbro says: Feb 15, 2014 2:42 PM

    Cut (or trade?) CJ resign Verner & Pollard. But $6 m for CJ is about $5 m too much.

  17. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:43 PM

    jmblosser82 says:Pittsburgh shouldn’t want not do the need Chris Johnson.

    huh????????????

  18. shayeezy says: Feb 15, 2014 2:51 PM

    heck of a player.

  19. The Anti-Hero Mr. Johnson says: Feb 15, 2014 2:52 PM

    Another Titan off to St. Louis.

  20. The Steelers cast such an immense shadow over the league. There's no wonder why we are so widely envied. We are superior. We have six Lombardis. What do you have ☹? says: Feb 15, 2014 3:03 PM

    The Steelers don’t have these problems. We have six Lombardis.

    #Noll>Lombardi
    #renamethetrophy

  21. gibbyfan says: Feb 15, 2014 3:33 PM

    RAIDERS

  22. ariani1985 says: Feb 15, 2014 3:33 PM

    Someone should tell steeler guy that they are the laughing stock of the nfl.

  23. Big Ant TV says: Feb 15, 2014 3:42 PM

    come too cleveland

  24. jmblosser82 says: Feb 15, 2014 3:45 PM

    peytonsneck18, it’s called fat thumb syndrome, should read should not want nor do they need CJ

  25. Ed Bandell says: Feb 15, 2014 3:58 PM

    Somebody should tell the Steelers guy that Noll didn’t win all those trophies, and that the city of Baltimore has 5 rings, 3 with the BALTIMORE Colts and 2 with the Ravens. One more and our city has just as many as Pittsburgh.

    Somebody should also remind Pittsburgh that Cleveland actually has 8 championships….and somebody should remind Cleveland of that too, since their last one came in 1964. Ouch.

    I guess we should rename it the Paul Brown trophy since he was in charge for 7 of those 8.

  26. greg2geez says: Feb 15, 2014 4:00 PM

    I actually respect the Steelers and their accomplishments. It’s Steelers fans I can’t tell apart from road apples.

  27. jmblosser82 says: Feb 15, 2014 4:42 PM

    Ed Bandell, the Baltimore Colt rings don’t count, they reside in Indy now. Steeler fans know they don’t have the most championships, but no one has more Lombardi’s, and this is still the Super Bowl era last time I checked.

  28. gbgrieves says: Feb 15, 2014 5:51 PM

    He’ll get his paycheck and become mediocre again like most players in the league.

    On a contract year, they play like a pro bowler, get paid, and then… meh.

    Very few play like their paycheck. (Peyton, Tom, etc.)

    Players think they should be paid for what they’ve done previously instead. CJ1k is a poster child of this mentality… Millions wasted.

  29. dethrone408 says: Feb 15, 2014 6:34 PM

    He’ll be in Silver & Black next month.

  30. raiderapologist says: Feb 15, 2014 7:35 PM

    skinsdiehard says: Feb 15, 2014 2:25 PM

    Skins will come a callin’. You’d look good in burgundy and gold.
    ————-
    The band doesn’t even look good in those colors.

  31. robseahawksfan says: Feb 15, 2014 8:15 PM

    I hated it when they fired the Death Star on Alterraun.

  32. billco6192013 says: Feb 15, 2014 9:46 PM

    Giants don’t wait on this guy, he is proven and young

  33. vikes89allday says: Feb 16, 2014 12:44 AM

    Vikings…

  34. phukurmouf says: Feb 16, 2014 9:48 PM

    elliottcovert says:
    Feb 15, 2014 1:58 PM
    Come on over to Minnesota, be reunited with Jerry Gray!

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    U really need to look into jerry grays defenses while in tennessee and WITHOUT greg williams. It was awful. So u thinking u got a diamond in the rough ur wrong. Verner lite it up this yr due to greg willaims blitzing schemes that allowed such one on one on the outsides to be played. Season before last verners defense under gray gave up most pts in league. Verner in STL before minnhaha. Fisher drafted him n greg williams is now in STL. Verner getn paid cuz of williams.

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