Steelers show interest in Titans CB Alterraun Verner
Add the Lions, Steelers and Giants to the mix of teams with interest in #Titans CB Alterraun Verner. Mentioned Rams, Vikings & NYJ earlier
Good CB, but Steelers just looking to drive up his cost so they land another CB at a bargain.
I'd take a shot at Cassius Vaughn
Only 25, 5'11 200lbs.
Verner would be a prize in FA. Not sure where his head is at. Is he willing to take less to play for a winner or go to highest bidder? I like the CB depth in the draft. As I said before, my FA prize would be Malcolm Jenkins to play FS & sign a Antoine Cason or Tracy Porter. Cut Ike if he won't play for 3 mil. Still draft a CB in the 1st 3 rounds. I would even add Derek Cox to that list since he was cut. You eliminated "need" going into draft & now you leave all options open.
I think we can reach a point where we can stop referring to the steelers as a "winner" until further notice lol
If he comes here it is to improve the team to possibly make a run at an inconsisten division and play with his former coach Munchak. Still wont be cheap though.
I agree about Malcolm jenkins
"Winner" is franchise description.
Originally Posted by K Train
Steelers showing interest in free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll
By Neal Coolong on Mar 10 2014
Word is Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor isn't likely to accept the paycut the team has offered him, and the team may be looking to hedge depth at the position with the signing of an experienced but unspectacular cornerback.
Dolphins pending free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll is, perhaps, best known for having been the recipient of the knee of Jets strength coach Sal Alosi as he ran down the sideline during a punt return.
The Steelers are allegedly interested in signing Carroll, according to Jason La Canfora, which will no doubt create scores of jokes regarding coaches and sidelines and the like.
Carroll as a cornerback hasn't exactly been stellar throughout his career. Good size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), and taken with a grain of salt, his pass coverage grade from Pro Football Focus is -4.4, with a 0.4 overall grade.
If Alterraun Verner is the dream, Carroll is likely more of the reality. Whether he'd be considered an upgrade is another matter, but it would confirm whispers around Pittsburgh that Ike Taylor has been offered a lower salary, and is not expected to accept it. With it would come his release.
None of this refutes the seemingly increasing possibility the Steelers are preparing to make a legitimate offer to Verner. In the meantime, Carroll may be considered a far off consolation prize.
Alterraun Verner spoke highly of Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake after their time at UCLA
By Neal Coolong on Mar 9 2014
The pending free agent cornerback had nothing but positive things to say about Steelers DBs coach Carnell Lake, even after Lake left the Bruins in 2010.
Why would the hottest name on the free agency market be attached to the team that traditionally avoids those hot names, and the price tag associated with them?
Familiarity would be a good bet.
Still, the Steelers are linked to free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner, even after the fourth year pro from UCLA and the Tennessee Titans looks to hit somewhere around a $12 million per year contract when free agency starts at 4 p.m. ET March 11.
A big part of any alleged interest may be coming from the one angle the Steelers have that other teams do not - their defensive backs coach was Verner's position coach in college.
The Steelers are reportedly one of a handful of teams interested in free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner.
Lake left the Bruins team in February of 2010, right after Verner completed his eligibility and was preparing for the NFL Draft. Jon Gold of Inside UCLA connected with Verner at the time, asking him how he felt about Lake's sudden departure.
JG: What do you credit Lake for in relation to your own game?
AV: Oh man, the guy is very knowledgeable. Just the mentality of attacking practice, the mentality of going into the game, the mentality of playing the position. He did it at the highest level and did it really well. He brought that to his coaching, but not only that, heíd listen to you as a player and not just dictate to you.
Gold asked Verner about Lake's surprise departure, which reportedly was for family reasons.
"Of course, itís a shock. Nobody expected it, nobody in the Bruin nation. I know it will have to be some good reason. I read its family reason, and thatís the type of guy he is. I just hope everything is OK."
Lake was out of coaching in 2010, and accepted the Steelers secondary coach position after Ray Horton left for Arizona in 2011.
Whether that gives the Steelers any skin in the game that's shaping up to be the most actively played in free agency remains to be seen. But since we're going there, we may as well point out the Steelers also have Verner's former head coach, Mike Munchak on staff.
Knowing that, expect these things to be enjoyable coincidences, without much more significance.
Now, if the Steelers hire Verner's prep head coach (Andrew Slome of Mayfair High School) in the next two days, we may think something is going on, but until then, we'll continue to consider Verner's price tag being a bit out of range for the Steelers.
Out of range, indeed. If the Steelers go after a FA CB, it won't be one of the high-priced ones, IMO. They'll probably be content now to grab one in the draft.
No CB is worth $12 mil. And someone will dump the cash on him...just not the Steelers.