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TAMPA — The Buccaneers feel like they got a free-agent bargain.

Alterraun Verner agrees.

Tampa Bay’s 25-year-old Pro Bowl cornerback doesn’t lack for confidence as he gears up for his first NFL season with a new team since the Titans selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of UCLA.

Tennessee thought it couldn’t afford to keep Verner, but he ended up signing a four-year deal with the Bucs for $26.5 million, including $14 million guaranteed. While not exactly chump change, the contract represents less value than comparable corners such as Vontae Davis (Colts), Sam Shields (Packers) and Brent Grimes (Dolphins) received in the offseason.

“There’s a lot to be excited about right here in Tampa,’’ said Verner, who intercepted five passes and posted 73 tackles for the Titans last season. “I wish we were playing the season opener this week because I’m so ready to go. Everybody on this team is thinking this will be a special year.’’

Joining a unit led by All-Pro performers Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, Verner was asked whether he expected the Buc defense to finish in the Top 10 this fall.

“No question,’’ he said. “But why stop there? I’m thinking top five.’’

At 5-foot-10, Verner lacks ideal size and nobody has labeled him as a burner, but he compensates with smarts and instincts. At Mayfair High in Lakewood, Calif., he boasted a 4.17 GPA and scored a 1,740 on his SATs.

Now, he’ll put that intelligence to work as part of a Cover 2 scheme implemented by new head coach Lovie Smith, who was instrumental in luring Verner to Tampa for less than market value.

“Not only is Coach Smith defensive-minded, but he’s a big fan of getting the ball back for the offense — and that’s what I’m all about,’’ Verner said. “I’m disappointed in any game where I don’t find a way to hit the football.’’

When mandatory minicamp ended last week, Smith urged his players to get away from football for a while before reporting to training camp July 24.

Verner doesn’t mind the break, but his excitement about the upcoming season will keep him motivated for the next five weeks.

“First and foremost, people have to be in shape when we come back,’’ he said. “Relax, get away from football, and most importantly, take care of your body so you can hit the ground running and not take a step back when camp starts.

“I’m a big believer in staying active, even when you’re relaxing. We start off with the top dog in our division (Carolina), and as a group, we have to find a way to take advantage of this Florida heat.’’

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Verner was a stand out for the titans. Can't believe they let him go

They thought he was gonna command a larger price tag than he did. But he's with Tampa Bay now, so he's gonna be a no talent bum, right? Just like the rest of the team that has no shot at anything.

The reason I posted this thread, was to show the difference between the type of free agents our new regime signs and the the type the old regime signed. The old way was to go after whoever had the high $ tag regardless of how they fit in our scheme. L&L are now doing it like Dungy did. I know most Falcon fans will call ********, but I can see Verner being a much better corner for us than Revis, simply for the fact that he's a cover 2 style corner and extremely intelligent.

But go ahead and keep telling us all how bad the Bucs are gonna suck this season.laugh.png HeII, I'm used to it!wink.png

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They thought he was gonna command a larger price tag than he did. But he's with Tampa Bay now, so he's gonna be a no talent bum, right? Just like the rest of the team that has no shot at anything.

The reason I posted this thread, was to show the difference between the type of free agents our new regime signs and the the type the old regime signed. The old way was to go after whoever had the high $ tag regardless of how they fit in our scheme. L&L are now doing it like Dungy did. I know most Falcon fans will call ********, but I can see Verner being a much better corner for us than Revis, simply for the fact that he's a cover 2 style corner and extremely intelligent.

But go ahead and keep telling us all how bad the Bucs are gonna suck this season.laugh.png HeII, I'm used to it!wink.png

**** insecure *** lol. I said something nice and you still try to act offended

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He is with Tampa, he sucks like the rest of their players. Poor guy, he had a career till he got there.

At least ramps didn't give up another first rounder for their "shutdown" corner again, lol.

Somebody's soooooo upset.post-2-1080915922.gif

Who's ramps?

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**** insecure *** lol. I said something nice and you still try to act offended

Just getting it out there, before your boys started taking their shots. We didn't have to wait too long, did we?post-2-1080915922.gif

He is with Tampa, he sucks like the rest of their players. Poor guy, he had a career till he got there.

At least ramps didn't give up another first rounder for their "shutdown" corner again, lol.

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Yeah y'alls big name FA rarely pan out but this year may be different who knows

Out of all the free agents Dominick signed, the only big name that worked out, and earned his pay is Vincent Jackson. Who knows, Nicks may end up paying off, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Out of all the free agents Dominick signed, the only big name that worked out, and earned his pay is Vincent Jackson. Who knows, Nicks may end up paying off, but I'm not holding my breath.

Yeah we never sign big names but that was mostly because Hurney would just overpay our own players(Williams and Stewart for example). Heres hoping Gettleman rights the ship

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Yeah we never sign big names but that was mostly because Hurney would just overpay our own players(Williams and Stewart for example). Heres hoping Gettleman rights the ship

Gettleman's hands were tied by Hurney. Licht didn't have that problem, and he was able to sign two tier1 free agents at a decent price, along with I believ 10 tier 2 free agents, but we needed 'em the way Dominick let a know nothing like Schiano tell him who to sign. I blame Schiano more than Dominick for the Revis fiasco! Licht was able to dump Revis' salary, and with it sign Verner and 2 or 3 other players!
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Gettleman's hands were tied by Hurney. Licht didn't have that problem, and he was able to sign two tier1 free agents at a decent price, along with I believ 10 tier 2 free agents, but we needed 'em the way Dominick let a know nothing like Schiano tell him who to sign. I blame Schiano more than Dominick for the Revis fiasco! Licht was able to dump Revis' salary, and with it sign Verner and 2 or 3 other players!

Yeah Schiano fugged yall and so did Morris to an extent. A proven NFL coach may be just what y'all need

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