After not being able to perform in Lovie Smith’s scheme and ultimately being benched, Verner is back working the first-team drills in OTA’s. Pairing up with Brent Grimes, it seems that Mike Smith is sticking to his words, “Put those guys in the best position possible.” However, the former Titan has not lived up to expectations. He was benched for inconsistent play, and when on the field, he only played the slot. Verner has only three interceptions and 13 pass breakups over the two season he’s been with the Buccaneers and is due to make, roughly, $6.8 million in 2016. With the Additions of Brent Grimes and the first-round pick, Vernon Hargreaves III, could Verner be looking at the dreaded roster bubble?
Alterraun Verner was brought in to fill the hole created by the release of Darrelle Revis, and by how he played in Tennessee, a lot was expected from the former Pro Bowler. Instead of living up to what we believed he would be, he has instead, been quite the disappointment. If Verner can improve his play, under DC Mike Smith, then the Buccaneers and fans may see new life in the veteran corner. But, with Johnthan Banks improving, and the additions of VH3 and Ryan Smith, Verner could find himself not needed and cut by the end of training camp.