Report: Titans not expected to tag Verner

AP

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.