The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed cornerback Alterraun Verner, the team announced. The cornerback signed a four-year deal worth $26.5 million with $14 million in guarantees, according to Rick Stroud. That's a very palatable deal for a well above-average cornerback.
Verner was the top remaining free agent cornerback, coming off a career year with five interceptions and 23 passes defensed. He ranked 12th in Pro Football Focus's grading for the 2013 season. The former fourth-round pick is at his best in zone coverage, and his best asset is his ball skills, but that doesn't mean he can't play man coverage. He'd be a great fit for Lovie Smith's defense opposite Johnthan Banks.
While Verner is not a shutdown cornerback, he does possess the physical tools to continue to develop into one. He struggled when going against top receivers in man coverage last year, however, according to Cian Fahey, who broke down Verner's tape in detail.