Buzz: Jets interested in CB Alterraun Verner?

The New York Post’s Brian Costello shares another name in which the Jets are apparently interested:

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

On the basis of the posts we’ve been making recently, Verner would be a popular target with many Jets fans. He’s one of the top-rated cornerbacks on the free agent market and would fill a void if Antonio Cromartie becomes a cap casualty, as many expect.

The 25-year old Verner is an instinctive, intelligent player with good technique who had a breakout year in 2013. He was tied for the AFC lead in interceptions and named a second team all-pro. Verner has primarily just played right cornerback in Tennessee rather than tracking the opposing team’s number one receiver and is not ideally built to play press coverage as often required in Rex Ryan’s system. However, he’s a rising star and well-respected around the league.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Want a deep dive on Verner?  This article by Mike Tanier is your starting and ending point. The Jets, Vikings and Rams are the three teams known to be interested in Verner right now.  While Verner is a solid coverage corner, by his own admission he is still learning how to play aggressive cornerback more aggressively and any team who tries to plunk him down on the right side of the formation and expects good things in run support won’t be pleased.  Of course Rex Ryan is smart enough to work around those issues, but let’s be clear Verner is no Revis.

Cimini added that he thinks this is a “contingency” plan and that the call was “due diligence” for the Jets should a contract restructure fall apart with Cromartie … but I would contend that is backwards.  Brent Grimes got $8 million per year.  Sam Shields just scored a $39 million four year deal from the Packers.  Verner has made it clear that he is willing to be reasonable but not offering up discounts, so inquiring about a 26 year old who could realistically field $10 million average-per-year doesn’t seem like a fall-back due diligence option.  Freeing up $9.5 million by cutting Cro loose means that (assuming Verner gets $10 million on average) the difference would be insignificant with as much space as they have.  Even if signing Verner might be a pipe dream for the Jets, it has more the feel of a far-fetched plan, with Cromartie representing the contingency.




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Nikos Psara Konstantantakopoulos
Nikos Psara Konstantantakopoulos

This is a move I like a lot! If we can get this guy our secondary just got a huge upgrade. If we do lock him up I think we could bring reed back to help strengthen this safety group on minimal snaps

(under 25) or still go grab Byrd and make secondary dangerous

nickballs
nickballs

Verner....Byrd or Whitner....and lets roll   F the Pats

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

Seeing that hank/naples is "listening" to this conversation immediately caused me to start hearing the "Jaws" music.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Shields off the market, signed by the packs 39m, 4 years.

bob
bob

If its ok with you guys I would like to report dis one......Wait Dooooooee Minunte ....awe ya dats better. thank you.

a57se
a57se

The Jets beat are a bunch of morons.

Cimidiot tweets that the Jets interest in Verner is only as a fall back if things don't work out with Cro.

Mehta tweets the Jets haven't said anything to Cro about their plans.

Put the two together and you have the Jets not talking to their primary interest but talking to their back-up plan......On what friggin' planet does that make any sense???


UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Alright, I will now sit tight and wait for Johnny Z to work his magic. In Idzik we trust!

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Verner and if we get Byrd also Brady is going to have nightmares

a57se
a57se

So are we done with the Nicks talk as he has stated he wants to go to a team with a proven QB.....

Marvel
Marvel

we need a live update thread.


the  interest tweets are flying around.


Brendan
Brendan

Dolphins going hard after Delmas, apparently. 

Bent
Bent moderator

Cimini backs up Manish: "Strictly a contingency if things fall apart w/ Cromartie."

Marvel
Marvel

I'm boutta leak a Ginn to the Jets story. So sht can Get real.

jdb4
jdb4

Raiders letting Jacoby Ford test the market.  Re-unite him with Sanjay.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

Posted in Scaubs thread but belongs here...


If we sign Verner... If Cromartie's gone who's standing up and taking on the leadership role that Cro brought to the team last year? I feel if we let Cro go you almost HAVE to bring Ed Reed back. We need a leader in the secondary. Does anyone else feel the same way? That if Cro is gone we will be lacking leadership in the backfield?

Bent
Bent moderator

@J. Smooth  Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

Brendan
Brendan

@J. Smooth  For me it shows Bob the Dog, which has the opposite effect. 

D
D

@a57se i hope he doesnt land in NE

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  Is that a shot at Eli?

Marvel
Marvel

@Bent  

Cro should be the contingency plan..

Marvel
Marvel

@jdb4  

that's what ppl said about Heyword-Bay.....


(5$ says I spelled his name wrong.  :-(   )


Bent
Bent moderator

@Mike Milea  Nope...but I do want Ed back.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

Not really, he said his priority is to stay with the Giants but IF that doesn't happen then......

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Marvel  Marvel's on his seventh of the night.  Someone get him some tonic!

jdb4
jdb4

@Marvel @jdb4 

Yeah, but Heyward-Bey isn't Ford... not that Ford is great, but he's better.

Mike Milea
Mike Milea

@Bent @Mike Milea Hmm... Okay.Yea Ed's a cool dude.

a57se
a57se

@jake100 @a57se 

Ahhhh, now I know what happened to you!!

You kept an open mind and your brains fell out!

:)

__fense
__fense

@jake100 @a57se  He's complaining about the Jets doing something that he came up with as an idea.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 That is a horrible article, Joey. Just awful. They're signaling a new era by re-signing someone that's been on the team for years? Trash. 

levi
levi

@Bent Jennings the RB looked good in a limited role.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  They've actually not been that bad in terms of depth at the skill positions, but yeah Ford is no great shakes.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  That's sound logic. I guess no one should sign Lamarr Houston, either? 

harold
harold

@Bent @jbd4 @Marvel

Agree Hawkins is much better than Ford. 

He is a mini-Antonio Brown when I watch him.

a57se
a57se

@jdb4 @Marvel 

Let's see, the Oakland Raiders have the arguably worst roster in the NFL but we want to sign their cast-offs?

Pretty desperate to me....

a57se
a57se

@J. Smooth @Brendan@harold 

No thanks, we have two coaches who should be able to do that.....Dennis Thurman and 6 time Pro Bowler Tim McDonald.

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@Brendan @harold  They should sign Champ Bailey along with Reed and just have "DB 101" sessions for those young guys.

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold  Completely agree, but the defense is geared to stop that happening, so it could be the nose or the other ILB who are at fault.  However, yes, it would be nice to have a guy who can make plays under any circumstances, not just when everyone else has done the dirty work for him.


I agree that they could make use of Davis' strengths better, but giving him the MIKE role frightens me a bit because I'm still not sold on his instincts.

harold
harold

That is my point anyone can get in front of somebody.

I always say he can't get off Blocks, he is one of the worst I have seen at MLB.

harold
harold

@madbacker @Bent

I realize that.  My point is whenever a blocker comes at Harris unblocked he can't makes plays.  Spikes is limited and so is Harris.

So my point was if you have two limited players I would take the one who can make plays on his own. 

Additionally, an added bonus we would be able to allow Davis to run and chase and better use his speed.

Bent
Bent moderator

@madbacker @harold  Yeah, Harris can take on blocks ... it's just that this happens when he's not supposed to be the one taking on blocks.


I'd say his problem is more that he can't get off blocks.

madbacker
madbacker

@harold  true but, Harris is SUPPOSED to be the cover ILB and Davis the ILB who takes on blocks. Unless they switch roles, it's not helpful!

harold
harold

@Bent

But loyal fans should be forced to watch the turtle run and around and not make plays any impact plays.

Bent
Bent moderator

@madbacker @Bent @Brendan  I haven't heard anything.  It's not like they need the cap room, so I can see them paying it in full just to avoid the perception that a popular locker room guy and loyal servant should be forced to take less money.


External free agents will take note.

harold
harold

I will see how Davis improves.  Spikes is a very limited player.  Not very impressed at all.  He would really be a replacement for Harris to me.  He could really clean up with our front 7. 

Plus unlike Harris he can actually take on blocks.

madbacker
madbacker

@Bent @madbacker @Brendan  Forgot about Barnes! I really don't get why the team is locked into Davis so much, a guy like Spikes (IMO) would be better suited to take on Scott's old role better. Is Harris talking redoing his contract at all by the way?

Bent
Bent moderator

@madbacker @Bent @Brendan  


1. Bailey's talking about converting to safety and didn't look good in the postseason.  I think they could get much better value for money from the guys already on the roster.


2. Ain't nobody competing with Coples this year.  He'll probably play 80-90% of the snaps most weeks if he stays healthy.  Yes, they need some more young depth although Barnes' return helps.


3. Don't see Spikes being interested in a backup role.  Not at all convinced by Davis yet, but I guess the team will ride or die with him in the same role.  I agree with Brendan, let's draft a potential successor to Harris and he can compete with Davis in the short term.

madbacker
madbacker

@Brendan @madbacker  thanks for the Feedback, I would really like to see a harder hitter in the Middle. However, getting a good cover ilb in there is definitely the bigger need there. Harris keeps seeming slower and slower every game last season.

harold
harold

If Cro was such a good teammate and we wanted him we could have worked out an extension 2 months ago.  Hopefully we are either go to squeeze him or let him go.

I prefer the latter obviously.

Brendan
Brendan

@madbacker 


1 - I don't think they need to replace Wilson, he's a very good slot corner. 


2 - Big fan of this idea. 


3 - Wouldn't be against this, but would probably like to see them draft someone late to groom behind Harris this year. Max Bullough is intriguing to me. 

Marvel
Marvel

@Brendan

 I like Cro he's a good dude, just think an upgrade would be nice..

harold
harold

@Brendan

The young guys found out the difference between someone talking (Cro) and someone teaching (Ed).

Bent
Bent moderator

@__fense @Bent @harold  Yeah, that's true fense.  I think he's a good guy generally, but as a teammate he apparently leaves a lot to be desired sometimes.

madbacker
madbacker

@Bent @Brendan opinion questions for you both:


1) how do you guys feel about this for DB next year - CB Starters Millner + Someone new with Bailey as the Nickel (Similar to how the Ravens brought Neon Dion back for that one year) S - Landry & Allen with Reed as the 3rd safety.


2) Young blood to rotate in with Pace at SOLB and or Compete with Coples for Rush Role


3) Upgrade on ILB, guys like Spikes at least to motivate Davis or possibly Switch Davis to more of a cover role?

__fense
__fense

@Bent @harold  I don't know, people still think that he didn't know the names of his kids on Hard Knocks for some reason. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold  Yep.  Cro is the anti-Tone in terms of media portrayal.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold Cro became a good leader, but those young DB's absolutely worship Reed. 

a57se
a57se

@harold  

I'm with you but I don't think Verner is the answer....

harold
harold

Cro's leadership is overrated.  He took the guys out with him to train.  Did it pay any dividends whatsover?

The secondary was worst.  Let Cro go.  It is no big loss at this point.  Reed played better than he did by far and would be bigger loss, IMO.