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Tennessee Titans: Secondary Will Be Fine If Verner Signs Elsewhere

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) catches a pass as Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Travis WakemanCorrespondent IIMarch 10, 2014

With the free-agent period set to kick off in less than 24 hours, one of the biggest names on the market will be Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner.

Where will he sign?

The Titans would obviously love to keep Verner, but it sounds like there will be plenty of competition for his services. According to this tweet made by Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean, many teams, including the Jets, Rams and Vikings, will have interest in Verner.

Should Verner sign with another team, Titans fans should not panic.

Replacing Verner won't be easy. He's been very impressive since being taken in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He has averaged 72 tackles in his four seasons and has 11 career interceptions.

But it's his skills as a true coverage corner that the Titans will miss most. Someone will have to step up and fill that role.

Enter Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh.

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Wreh-Wilson was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Connecticut, and, though he wasn't much of a factor last season, he shows plenty of promise.

He has long arms and uses his size (6'1", 198-pounds) to make plays. He is also physical off the snap, able to throw receivers off their routes at the line of scrimmage.

Wreh-Wilson was not the best tackler and struggled against the run in college. If he is to become a full-time starter for the Titans, this will have to be improved.

Sensabaugh was solid in nickel packages for the Titans last season and may get the first shot to replace Verner this year.

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A fourth-round draft pick in 2012 out of Clemson, Sensabaugh had seven passes defended last season, and, in two years with the Titans, he's appeared in 30 games, giving him a chance to develop in the system.

Sensabaugh is a very athletic player who can play man coverage, and he matches up well with the number two wide receivers in the AFC South.

On top of that, the Titans will still have Jason McCourty to man one of the cornerback spots, making for an interesting offseason as the team looks to one of these young players to fill the other role.

Most likely, they will lean on a combination of both of them to pick up the slack if Verner bolts, and that isn't a bad thing.

Wreh-Wilson and Sensabaugh should both be primed and ready for the opportunity.

The organization has a good history in drafting cornerbacks, selecting Cortland Finnegan, Verner, Cary Williams and McCourty within the last 10 years.

That bodes well for guys like Wreh-Wilson and Sensabaugh.

Verner will likely accept one of the biggest paydays of this offseason. However, the Titans will still be in good hands.

 

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