Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) celebrates returning an interception for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Tennessee Titans unlikely to franchise tag Alterraun Verner


The Tennessee Titans have had a decision on their hands about what to do with impending free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner. The Pro Bowl cornerback is expected to get big money in free agency, but the question has been would the Titans even allow him to hit the market or would they franchise tag him and keep him for another year?

According to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt, Verner is not likely to get franchise tagged and will almost certainly hit free agency in March.

So why not use the franchise tag on cornerback Alterraun Verner? It would cost the Titans roughly $11.2 million, and that’s a hefty price tag on a one-year deal, especially since the Titans are paying Jason McCourty an average of $8.608 million per year.

Tennessee would undoubtedly love to have Verner back, but he’s likely gone once he hits the market and someone like the Minnesota Vikings offers him a fat deal.

A return to Tennessee isn’t out of the question for Verner, but it’s probable that he’s already played his last game with the Titans.

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  • Matt Ward

    Where should the Titans draw the line on paying Verner? He’d be great to keep at the right price, but I’m not sure what that price is… I was thinking $5-6 million a year or let him walk… Your thoughts?

    • Josh Hill

      They might draw the line there but I think Verner will definitely get McCourty money from someone like the Vikings. There will likely be an offer but I doubt Verner will like what he hears.