Titans CB Verner on hometown discount: 'I am not going to be a fool'
MAR 04, 2014 2:43p ET
Alterraun Verner has enjoyed his four seasons in Tennessee. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be giving the team a hometown discount when free agency begins next week.
"I love being here, I love my teammates and I love Tennessee. When it comes to the money, it is not like I need to be paid super high," Verner told The Tennessean. "But I am not going to be a fool and take anything that is super small. From a business standpoint, you don't know how long you are going to play in this league, so you have to take advantage when you can."
While the Titans opted to not place the team’s franchise tag on the fourth-year cornerback, Verner is one of the most intriguing players at his position. Verner hasn’t missed a game in his professional career and made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season after hauling in five interceptions.
With plenty of change in Tennessee, including a new coaching staff, Verner hopes to be fairly compensated if the team chooses to make a run at retaining his services.
"It is not like I want the Titans to spend all of their salary cap just to keep me," Verner told the paper. "It is not like I need $10 (million) or I need $11 (million), or I need to be one of the top five highest-paid corners in the league. I want them to be able to sign other guys to help the team.
"But I also want to feel respected, and the way Tennessee has operated and the way they have paid veteran players, they have set the tempo on how they value players. So if they don't offer me something that shows they value me, I feel like it is a slap in my face."