Free Agent Cornerback Alterraun Verner Off The Market, Signs With Tampa Bay

Many Pittsburgh Steelers fans have experienced a higher level of excitement around the free agency period than at any other point in the Mike Tomlin era, given the fact that the team actually had some cap space to spend this season.

To top it off, they even signed another team’s free agent on the first day of the free agency period, adding Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell on a five-year, $25 million deal to replace the aging Ryan Clark.

It seems as though fans won’t be getting the player they most wanted, however, and it’s honestly not much of a surprise.

Reports began surfacing over the past 20 minutes that Alterraun Verner has gone off the market, and it appears as though his landing spot is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who intend to offload Darrelle Revis in the coming days.

The excitement for Verner was elevated after reports a couple days ago linking the Steelers to a long list of teams that had expressed interest in Verner, citing the fact that offensive line coach Mike Munchak was his head coach in Tennessee for the past three seasons, and secondary coach Carnell Lake was his secondary coach in college.

The truth, however, is that there was never any clarification as to the sincerity of the interest from the Steelers, nor the Steelers’ belief in the logistics of a Verner contract.

According to Adam Schefter, Verner’s deal is good for $26.5 million over four seasons, with $14 million guaranteed.

That’s a little more than $6.5 million per season, which is a more than reasonable amount for the 2013 Pro Bowl cornerback.

There was some belief that he could command over $10 million per season. The Green Bay Packers re-signed their own Sam Shields to a deal that came in very nearly $10 million per season.

But Verner recently spoke on the radio about his thought process when it comes to money in free agency, saying that he looks at the money more about as a sign of respect from the team, and not simply the total amount, adding that he would rather take less from a team that wanted him more.

Kicking Revis to the curb to bring you in is probably a reasonable sign of respect.

Could the Steelers have afforded the contract given to Verner? Probably, but perhaps they valued help at safety more.

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  • mlc43

    Would have loved to have had him too. lol. I’m greedy though.

  • Russian Steel

    damn that seems cheap for him…assume steelers have their reasons for passing and of course they know the guy real well from Coach Lake…for that money though seems like we could have had Verner AND Mitchell…about 11.5 mil per year for two above average starters seems like a great deal

  • Russian Steel

    btw 26.5 mil over 4 years comes to only 6.625 mil per season…pretty damn cheap. he must not be as good as everyone on here has been saying, otherwise Verner got screwed

  • dave

    I’m a little surprised really, I thought he’d get a lot closer to $10 mil a year like Shields and Vontae Davis…..Wow – for $6.625 mil average, I think that’s a better value than Mitchell at $5 mil per year, I guess we’ll see….

  • CW

    To be honest I wanted Mitchell(or another good veteran free safety option) and a decent veteran cornerback more than just Verner, so I’m fine with the decision.

    Makes more sense to get two decent players than just the one if you can get both for the same money you’d have to throw at just the one player.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Didnt think we would get this kid anyways…we will be looking for a decent scrap IMO as a vet depth option.


    It’s because he’s viewed as a zone guy.


    we have that with Ike, oh wait he’s not really even decent at this point in his career.


    yeah, it’s chump change especially with the cap predicted to go up. The Steelers must want someone who can play press.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Ike has some value…even though he is still over payed even with the pay cut but for what he has done for us I am willing to take the hit this year.

  • Iron Cadet

    Seems like we will rely on the draft for cb. which i am completely fine with. I think Dennard and Gilbert are both better than Milliner was coming out of college.

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  • Eric MacLaurin

    It makes me wonder if they like the 1st round corners more than the 1st round safeties

  • Steelers12328882

    Would have been nice to have him, but we’ll get a good one in the draft, I’m sure.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I still think we could end up drafting 2 CBs. Add in a DB (S or CB) who plays a role on special teams.

  • Rob

    Think we will flirt with revis? You’ve got to at least call his agent and what he’s asking, right?

  • Brian Miller

    Now we need a CB and DE/DT in free agency…there are several I like that we can afford….

  • Steelers12328882

    Seriously. How awesome would it be to have him back in Pittsburgh?! I bet he goes to the Patriots tho.

  • Russian Steel

    makes sense…thanks

  • Rob

    Patriots just lost talib…. Looks like you might be right. It’s a shame. If we could get a quality corner like revis that frees is up to do anything we want in the draft including trade up

  • Matthew Marczi

    Thanks for catching that, busy day here…lots and lots of writing.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Whitner wanted to go back to his home town in Cleveland maybe Revis wants to do the same with Pittsburgh

  • Matthew Marczi

    It’s definitely possible they double dip at cornerback again, but don’t forget that Shamarko Thomas also plays the slot. And with Mitchell signed, that’s likely where he will play this year.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Think maybe CB in round one, then maybe target someone like Colvin later in the rounds since he will fall due to injury?

  • Matthew Marczi

    I haven’t dug too deep in the later round talent, honestly. The draft stuff is more Dave and Alex territory.

  • afrazier9

    Get revis he would be awsome for us atleast 3 to 4 yrs

  • shawn

    Much more would have had Verner than Mitchell at that price … not even comparable !

  • shawn

    he’s been solid for several years … more than i can say for mitchell … just shows we overpaid for Mithcell

  • shawn

    ya agreed … much better deal !

  • shawn

    That would have been a good pick up and well worth it … what exactly did we get again … bottom feeders come to mind ?