Can Vikings land Titans Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner?

Author:
Updated:
Original:

There are only two ways the Minnesota Vikings can approach free agency when the opening bell rings at 3 p.m. today. They can go in with an aggressive approach, trying to sign the top players available, or they can sit back and use their money on less eye-catching free agents.

Based on what head coach Mike Zimmer told the Star Tribune, the second route seems like the more likely option.

“We’ve got a lot of holes to fill, but we want to be smart with how we use the money,” Zimmer said. “We don’t want to go crazy in this thing.”

After signing quarterback Matt Cassel and defensive end Everson Griffen to new contracts, the Vikings are believed to be about $25 million under the NFL's $133 million salary cap. If General Manager Rick Spielman decides to get aggressive, one name to keep an eye on is Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner.

ESPN reports the Vikings called to "express interest" in Verner on Saturday, the first day teams were allowed to openly negotiate contracts with players. NFL.com's Marc Sessler says it's a good bet that Verner will command $10 million per year.

The projection falls in line with a prediction by Rotoworld's Evan Silva, who believes Verner will end up in Minnesota on a four-year, $40 million deal.

Breakout 2013 campaign after Titans spent all spring trying to bench him for Tommie Campbell. Can cover slot but best at right corner. Strong run defender. Only 25. Will leave Tennessee. Has history with new Vikings DBs coach Jerry Gray.

Verner would be a huge upgrade to a Minnesota passing defense that allowed a whopping 4,598 yards last season, second worst in the NFL.

However, Verner says he wants to play for a team that can win right away. The 25-year-old could pass on the Vikings for that very reason.

“I feel more compelled to go to a team that I think can win. I haven’t had that experience for the past four years in Tennessee,” Verner said on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk. “Money is [priority] but it isn’t. I look at it differently. Some look at it tangibly. I look at it as more of a respect value. I would feel more obliged to go to a team that paid me $6 or $7 million and made me one of the highest-paid players on the team than go to a team that paid me $8 or $9 million and I wasn’t one of the highest-paid players on the team.”

The Vikings have the money to pay Verner, but will they choose to go for a big name or build depth with lesser known names? It's a question we could have an answer to very soon.

Stay tuned.

Next Up

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.

Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.

Giordano's

Signs come down at Giordano's restaurant in Uptown

It appears the restaurant has closed for good.

State Capitol.

Walz eyes COVID-19 relief package totaling $300-$600 million amid budget surplus

The state forecasted a budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium.

Bar beer

Walz non-committal on extension of restaurant, gym closures

He has suggested that the ban on mixing with people outside your household could continue over Christmas.

Related