NFL 2014 Free Agency Rumors: Giants among teams interest in Alterraun Verner
It is a somewhat surprising development considering the Giants offensive line has been primary focus since the end of the 2013. While the Giants’ defense did not pose a big problem during the 2013 season neither was it at a championship-caliber, and was in fact ranked somewhere in the middle of the league.
Free agent cornerback Alterrraun Verner is one of those players who the Giants figure can further improve their defense. A 2010 fourth-round selection, Verner is being pursued by multiple teams after a season in which he led the Tennessee Titans with five interceptions and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Verner also had 57 tackles and 22 passes defended in his second season as a regular starter in the Titans’ secondary.
The 25-year-old Verner has not missed a regular season game in his four career seasons and is arguably one of the most physical cornerbacks currently in NFL. On basis of his performance last season, Verner graded out as a Top No.12 cornerback on Pro Football focus and Top No.25 for all of his four NFL seasons. He is listed as the No.10 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.
With Sam Shields re-signing to a four-year, $39 million deal (including $12 million guaranteed) with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, Verner won’t come cheap either. According to reports Verner is expected to command about $10 million per season check for his services. But despite the hefty price tag, the market for Verner isn’t expected to slow down he should be signed within the first wave of free agents once contracts can be officially signed/ offered to free agents starting Tuesday.
The Giants have a chance to gain an excellent, young pair of cornerbacks if they truly wish to add Verner in mix with cornerback Price Amukamar. Still, it remains to be seen if the Giants are in reality disposed to go on a full-scale bidding war for Verner. However, it should also be noted that the Titans former head coach Jeff Fisher is now assigned to the same position with Rams, which could possibly also open doors for Venrer in St. Louis.