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For a long time, the Titans defense has used a zone-coverage scheme. In the simplest terms, that means defensive backs cover certain areas of the field, rather than a particular player.
I expect that to change this season, and one piece of evidence that points to that is Alterraun Verner signing with the Buccaneers for four years and $26.5 million, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
According to Newsday, on March 10, Verner said in an interview that he wouldn't need big bucks to re-sign, and he was proven honest. Despite making the Pro Bowl, Verner signed a deal that paid way less than other top corners on the market.
If he was available for such a reasonable amount, how did the Titans not re-sign him? It's not like he has a history with the Bucs, their staff or the geographical area. The Bucs are probably not making anyone's list for likely Super Bowl candidates either.
Given all this, the Titans should have been able to keep Verner if they really wanted to. Verner is an excellent zone corner, but he's not as good in man coverage. I can't imagine another reason that the Titans wouldn't bring back their sole Pro Bowler unless they didn't think he was going to fit the new scheme.
Well, there might be one other reason...