The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released cornerback Alterraun Verner, who first signed with the team as an unrestricted free agent in March of 2014.
Verner, who appeared in 46 games with 23 starts over three seasons with the Buccaneers, had one year remaining on the contract he signed in 2014. As a vested veteran, he immediately becomes a free agent and can sign with any team, even before the new league year and unrestricted free agency period begins on March 9.
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Verner started 14 games for the Buccaneers in 2014 and recorded 75 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defensed and two forced fumbles. However, his playing time declined to six starts in 2015 and three last year under new Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith. Verner began the 2016 season as one of the Bucs' three main cornerbacks, playing on the outside when rookie starter Vernon Hargreaves moved into the slot in nickel packages. Roughly a month into the season, the Buccaneers made a shift in the lineup, moving Hargreaves exclusively to the outside and putting Jude Adjei-Barimah in the slot.
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Verner played in all 16 games last year and recorded 12 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed. He also pitched in on special teams, posting four kick-coverage stops. Though his playing time diminished on defense in the season's second half he did contribute a very important and emotionally resonant play in one of the Buccaneers' biggest wins of 2016. Playing just days after the surprise passing of his father, Verner intercepted a Russell Wilson pass deep in Buccaneer territory to help Tampa Bay hold on to a 14-5 victory over Seattle in Week 12.
Verner played four seasons with the Tennessee Titans before coming to Tampa. Overall, he has appeared in 110 games with 70 starts, recording 15 interceptions, 414 tackles and 70 passes defensed.
The release of Verner leaves the Buccaneers with six cornerbacks on their current roster, counting second-year man Ryan Smith, who is expected to switch back to that position after working at safety as a rookie. One of those six, Josh Robinson, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 9.