TAMPA – The Dolphins spent the early part of Tuesday taking former Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner out for a test drive. They must have liked the feel of the ride, because we have word now that the team has indeed signed Verner.
Excited to announce that I have officially signed with the Miami Dolphins! Appreciate the… https://t.co/T2qpEyrCsD
— Alterraun Verner (@Alvern_1) July 25, 2017
The signing of Verner comes in conjunction with the Dolphins decision to place linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve.
Former FSU standout Tony Carter, who has been bounced around by a few teams since starting his career with the Broncos in 2009, was also given a look by the Dolphins on Tuesday.
It makes some sense that the Dolphins would take a look at the two veterans because heading into camp, the starting cornerback spots are pretty much up for grabs in Miami.
Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett, Xavien Howard and third-round draft pick Cordrea Tankersley are the leaders in the battle for teh starter’s job, but outside of Maxwell, it’s a very young group.
Maxwell, who led all NFL corners with four forced fumbles last year, 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 give the unit a little more experience and depth, and really, 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 does give Miami a little more stability in case of injury and as he proved a year ago, he can be a very strong special teams contributor.