The Jaguars made a commitment this off season to get better at numerous positions. Secondary was one of those and now it looks like they aren’t done yet. Former Bucs corner Alterraun Verner apparently worked out in Jacksonville late last week.
Jags beat writer Ryan O’Halloran had it first:
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) May 21, 2017
Despite having former FSU standout Jalen Ramsey and signing A.J. Bouye from the Texans in March as corners, the Jaguars obviously believe that it’s in their interest to keep looking for veterans and competition.
Verner is a former Pro Bowl defensive back with the Titans whom the Bucs signed to a huge $26 million dollar four year free agent deal in 2014. After starting 14 games in 2014, he fell out of favor with Lovie Smith’s coaching staff and was benched midway through 2015.
Then, the Bucs fired Lovie Smith and defensive staff, and hired Mike Smith as defensive coordinator for 2016. They proceeded to sign Pro Bowler Brent Grimes and drafted Vernon Hargreaves in the first round at Verner’s position making it tough for him to crack the lineup.
Verner was part of an emotional moment in a huge matchup, when he played the November home game vs. Seattle just two days after his father died suddenly while visiting him in Tampa. The savy vet ended picking off Russell Wilson in the fist half (above), then pointing the heavens and collapsed to the turf in grief. His teammates mobbed him on the field and the sideline after the INT and were all inspired to stymie the Seahawks in a 14-5 win.
He was also regarded as a great teammate, who handled his benchings like a pro, continued to work hard in practice and when called upon on special teams.
And, although they haven’t signed him, maybe Verner is the kind of player new boss Tom Coughlin and new coach Doug Marrone want for depth.