Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) celebrates returning an interception for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Rumors: Vikings Interested in Alterraun Verner


 

Are the Vikings really interested in Titans cornerback Alerraun Verner or is that just wishful thinking?

According to Doogie, the Vikings really are interested in Verner. Officially.

The legal tampering window opened Saturday at 11 AM, and Rick Spielman for all we know is already on the phone hashing out the parameters of a deal with Verner that can’t be finalized or announced until Tuesday.

Oh, and these parameters must be worked out without the team talking to the player at all.

The Vikings certainly don’t need to speak to Verner or watch him work out to know what he brings. Their new DB coach Jerry Gray was Verner’s DC in Tennessee, so he has all the vital information.

Verner is viewed as one of the top free agent cornerbacks on the market, so he won’t come cheap. If the Vikings do pursue Verner, it will mean setting aside their stated organizational philosophy of not spending big.

Of course that stated organizational philosophy could just be a bunch of Spielman double-talk to keep fans off his back if he tries to go after a big-ticket free agent and fails.

Verner is certainly someone who intrigues fans, and if the Vikings are smart, he will intrigue them too. You can mess around with rookies at a lot of positions but cornerback is one place where it helps to have experience.

Right now the Vikings have second year man Xavier Rhodes lined up as a starter, and not much behind him. Signing a veteran starting-level cornerback would seem almost a life-or-death necessity.

Whether you need to go really expensive like Verner or can settle for a lower-cost guy, well that’s a discussion to have. Reportedly, the Vikings are at least interested in Verner. So that’s a start.

Verner was ranked 12th overall among cornerbacks by PFF last season, when he allowed just a 55.8 QB rating on throws into his coverage.

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  • holymomentumbatman#84

    Picking up Verner would be a sweet move, and then I think, IMHO, that the vikings should go LB and S with their first 2 picks in the draft, (unless they can sign a good FA safety), in which case I would then use that second pick on the best NT available, then immediately use my 3rd pick on one of those “sleeper”, talented, and potentially franchise quality QB’s like Tajh Boyd, (if he’s still there), Mettenberger, (if HE’S still there), or my personal favorite, (and don’t laugh just because of where he’s out of), Jeff Matthews from Cornell. This kid is HUGE, 6’4″, 225, has probably THE strongest arm in the entire draft class of QB’s, accurate, poise in the pocket, good on the run, can read a defense quickly, and if he would end up being mentored by and learning from Cassell, studying and learning a Norv Turner playbook, I think you’ve got yourself the next Big Ben x3. And with the right draft picks and/or FA signings over the next season or two, a LONG OVERDUE dynasty in the making. If the Vikings can reload that defense to the caliber it was during the days of the Purple People Eaters, a well-placed QB, and just a tweak here and there on the o-line, you have the mix you need there to bring home the Lombardi trophy. SKOL VIKINGS!!

    • kyle

      Personally, I’d rather see Garapolo picked in the second round than anything. Quick release, solid footwork and ample arm strength.

      • holymomentumbatman#84

        Yeah, Garapollo would work for me, too. Even though there are mucho holos to fill on D, waiting too long would probably mean that Garapollo would be gone. I guess, considering the dire situation inasmuch as grooming a potential franchise QB for the future, (while being mentored by Cassel, and studying a Norv Turner playbook), grabbing up a QB like Garapollo, et al, in the second round would be a prudent move. SKOL VIKINGS!!