Tampa Bay Bucs release highly paid cornerback Alteraunn Verner

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut cornerback Alterraun Verner on Thursday, freeing up $6.5 million in salary-cap space two weeks before the start of National Football League free agency.

He didn't pan out as a free agent signing in Tampa Bay on his four-year, almost $26 million deal, never quite finding his groove in their scheme. He's someone to keep an eye on as free agency continues to unfold. Verner had a key interception in the Bucs' victory.

Verner played in all 16 games past year and recorded 12 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed. Last year's first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves III made him expendable, though Verner's own play had contributed to that.

In three years, Verner saw action in 46 games for the Bucs, finishing with four interceptions and 20 pass breakups.

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky doesn't believe free agent Alterraun Verner is "in play" for the Titans.

The release of Verner leaves the Buccaneers with six cornerbacks on their current roster, counting second-year man Ryan Smith, who is expected to switch back to that position after working at safety as a rookie.

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