Jason McCourty are perhaps two of the most underrated corners in the league—McCourty especially—and that can mostly be blamed on the extremely poor play of the team's safeties. Over the last two seasons, McCourty has ranked in the top 10 of Pro Football Focus' cornerback rankings.
Verner is a quality corner, but he excels covering opposing defenses slot receivers. It shouldn't be considered a demotion per se if the Titans looked to bring someone in to usurp him with the amount of three-receiver sets being run in the NFL today.
McCourty is runs the team $6.8 million against the cap, while Verner comes in at a very affordable $1.45 million. There is still a lot of quality talent at corner at the team that may simply need more time to develop: Tommie Campbell ($566,474) and Coty Sensabaugh (588,023) are both set to compete for nickle duties next season.
At safety, Michael Griffin will cost the team $6.3 million in just the second year of a regrettable five-year contract. At the other safety spot there's no sure answer to who the starter is on the roster after three other players got playing time in 2012.
Jordan Babineaux is in he final year of his deal and will cost the team $1.8 million, but could be cut at a cost of just $200,000. After that, the contracts run the team less than $700,000. Management has already showed their desire to improve the position by scheduling a visit with the Buffalo Bills' George Wilson.
However, safety doesn't carry the heftiest franchise tag and is a hard position to fill. Many teams could tag the top talent set to hit free agency if the Titans whiff on signing Wilson. The team could also focus on finding a safety prospect early in the draft.