The Titans re-signed safety Bernard Pollard on Monday, allowing them to keep him off the market and avoid the risk of losing him to another team as a free agent.
It doesn’t look like things will play out that way with cornerback Alterraun Verner. The team did not use the franchise tag on Verner before Monday’s deadline and all signs are pointing toward Verner remaining unsigned when he’s allowed to start talking to other teams on Saturday. The Titans and Verner will talk until then, but he didn’t sound inclined to accept an offer or hometown discount from the Titans until seeing what the rest of the league might offer him.
“I guess you could say [a hometown discount] exists, and it doesn’t exist. I love being here, I love my teammates and I love Tennessee. When it comes to the money, it is not like I need to be paid super high,” Verner said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “But I am not going to be a fool and take anything that is super small. From a business standpoint, you don’t know how long you are going to play in this league, so you have to take advantage when you can.”
Brent Grimes signed a four-year, $32 million contract with Miami that has $16 million in guarantees. At 25, Verner is five years younger than Grimes and will likely be shooting for a deal that reflects the fact that whoever signs him will be paying for the prime years rather than the back end of his career. That price may be too rich for a Titans team with plenty of other work to do this offseason.