Don’t expect Titans to use tag

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Titans Insider, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Titans Insider

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    NFL teams can begin using franchise and transition tags on Monday, but indications are the Titans have no plans to do so.

    Teams have a two-week window to use the tags, based on the average salaries of the top players at their respective positions.

    So why not use the franchise tag on cornerback Alterraun Verner? It would cost the Titans roughly $11.2 million, and that’s a hefty price tag on a one-year deal, especially since the Titans are paying Jason McCourty an average of $8.608 million per year.

    It doesn’t make sense to use the tag on safety Bernard Pollard, another player scheduled to become a free agent. Pollard provided a big boost in 2013, but the franchise tag for a safety is expected to be over $8 million. That’s too much after the Titans paid him just $2 million on a one-year deal last fall.

    The Titans would like to re-sign both players, but things could be tricky.

    Verner, coming off a Pro Bowl season, is expected to command big money in the open market. The bet here is the Titans let hit test the market in free agency to gauge his real value. If he gets offered big money elsewhere, he’s likely gone.

    While the Titans would like Pollard back, he’d probably like more than a one-year deal this time around. Would another team be willing to make him that offer?

    It’s still early. Free agency doesn’t begin until March 11.

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  2. The Hammer

    The Hammer Problematic AF

    Yeah, pretty much figured. No one worth it.
  3. CRUDS

    CRUDS Totally Awesome Sweet Alabama Liquid Snake Staff

    Hate that they don't extend a guy like Verner prior to the tag or walk ultimatum..
    He's going to get a barrel of cash elsewhere with this crappy crop of FAs this season..
  4. SlidePiece

    SlidePiece Starter

    Paying a #2 corner $8.608 million per year.....eeesh.
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  5. The Hammer

    The Hammer Problematic AF

    The CB FA group is not too shabby
  6. 2ToneBlue

    2ToneBlue Starter

    That's the exact reason players take huge contracts and don't want to then take a paycut.

    Teams don't want to pay players if they're playing good, they're "lucky" or "smart" for paying them peanuts compared to some of the other players at their position.

    Will Verner make Pro-Bowl again? Who knows, but since they wanted to keep him cheap, they'll have to pay up for him now that he's recognized as a good player by other teams. It really is the teams fault, just as much as other contracts like Wimbley.
  7. RockyTop Fox

    RockyTop Fox Offensive Coordinator

    We franchise tagged Bo Scaife.. I wouldn't put it past them to tag someone like Pati or Pollard.
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  8. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande Staff

    The Titans have extended a few players and have gotten burned. McCourty looks to be a good extension. Amano, not so much.

    Verner hadn't even won his starting job in the preseason. I can't blame the Titans for missing this one.

    But Casey is another story.
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  9. The Hammer

    The Hammer Problematic AF

    The guys who made that decision are all gone. Completely different FO and HC now.
  10. Scarecrow

    Scarecrow CEO of PPO Tip Jar Donor


    thankfully that was a different franchise for all intent and purposes.

    As much as I like Verner, and think he would be a big piece next year, I have accepted us moving on.
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