TAMPA – The Dolphins may be contemplating a last-minute tweak of the 90-man roster they’ll carry into the start of training camp.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported this morning that the team is devoting part of today to working out veteran cornerbacks, including former Bucs regular Alterraun Verner.
Former FSU standout Tony Carter, who has been bounced around by a few teams since starting his career with the Broncos in 2009, is also among those getting a look, per Rapoport.
Heading into camp, the starting cornerback spots are pretty much up for grabs in Miami, where Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett, Xavien Howard and third-round draft pick Cordrea Tankersley are the lead combatants.
Maxwell may be the best of the bunch. He led all NFL corners with four forced fumbles but he’s slated to earn $10 million in 2018 so the Dolphins may have a tough decision to make with him come that time.
This is a spot where the Dolphins could use a little veteran help. Maxwell is entering his seventh season but Howard has only one year (and just six starts) in the league while Lippett is entering only his third year in the league.
Verner wouldn’t be a bad option. He didn’t play all that poorly for the Bucs a year ago. In fact, he rose to the occasion and had one of his best games ever just days after his father died in November.
The problem Verner ran into in Tampa related to positioning. He’s at his best working the right boundary but he was often squeezed into the slot, which proved to be poor fit.
It’s doubtful that Verner will regain the Pro Bowl form he had back in the day with the Titans, but he would give Miami a little more stability in case of injury and proved a year ago to be a sound special teams contributor.