The Tennessee Titans will make an effort to try and keep their most prized free agent in cornerback Alteraun Verner, but will it be enough?
General manager Ruston Webster acknowledged at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday that the Titans are talking with Verner's agent, Ken Zuckerman, in hopes of signing a long-term deal with the cornerback.
“We have been talking and we'll continue to talk,” Webster said on Thursday.
According to a league source, the Titans and Verner's camp are talking, but no sizable progress has yet been made. Tennessee, per the source, wants to bring Verner back with a contract extension, but the problem could be the Titans' ability to come up with enough money to retain him as he gets closer to free agency.
Verner said at the end of the regular season that he felt he owed it to himself to test the free agent waters this off-season.
Verner, a fourth-round pick in 2010, turned in his best season as a pro this past season when he intercepted five passes and was named to the Pro Bowl team for the first time in his career.
That was quite a turn of events for the cornerback, who had to battle third-year pro Tommie Campbell in training camp and preseason just to hang onto his starting spot in the lineup, despite decent success the three previous seasons.
Verner isn't the only free agent in the Titans' secondary, as Tennessee appears to have interest in retaining Bernard Pollard as well. Pollard came to the Titans on a one-year deal last season, and brought some stability at the strong safety position as well as much-needed vocal leadership in the locker room.