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Former NFL exec lauds Bucs’ Verner signing

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2014 at 06:57 AM

TAMPA — With nine new additions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the NFL’s busiest teams this free-agency signing period.

But teams don’t necessarily succeed in free agency by signing the most players. They usually succeed by signing the best players.

On one website’s list, it appears the Bucs are among the leaders in that area, too.

In a National Football Post list of the five signings that hit the mark, former New York Jets executive Ari Nissam ranks the Bucs’ signing of cornerback Alterraun Verner as second overall.

“This is a player that has good skills that fit (coach) Lovie Smith’s defensive system,’’ Nissam wrote. “Adding Verner to a secondary that already features quality safeties will allow the former Tennessee Titan to play to his potential.

“Although he may not be as good a corner as a healthy Darrelle Revis, because of the requirements of Lovie’s system, the Bucs were able to address a number of positions by spreading the money earmarked to Revis ($16M Per Year) around while still landing a corner in Verner that will allow them to play solid defense.’’

Nissam ranks the Indianapolis Colts’ signing of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks first overall and has the signings of defensive lineman B.J. Raji (Green Bay Packers), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit Lions) and defensive lineman Justin Tuck (Oakland Raiders), rounding out the top five.

Here’s a quick recap of Tampa Bay’s signings: DE Michael Johnson, QB Josh McCown, DT Clinton McDonald, LT Anthony Collins, TE Brandon Myers, C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith, G Oniel Cousins and LB Dane Fletcher.

 

Is Verner the best of the Bucs signings so far? Comment here or send a tweet to @RCummingsTBO with your rankings.

 

 

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