Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) celebrates after intercepting a pass by the New York Jets during the first half at LP Field. / Jim Brown, USA TODAY Sports
The Darrelle Revis era in Tampa Bay might not officially be over yet, but the Buccaneers have already found a new marquee cornerback for new coach Lovie Smith's defense.
The team reached an agreement with former Tennessee Titan Alterraun Verner Tuesday night on a four-year contract worth $26.5 million, with $14 million guaranteed, according to person with knowledge of the contract terms told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because terms of the contract had not been released by the team.
Verner, 25, made his first Pro Bowl in 2013 and was considered among the best cornerbacks available on the free agent market, especially after Brett Grimes re-signed with the Miami Dolphins and Sam Shields re-signed with Green Bay before hitting the open market.
The Bucs are expected to release Revis on Wednesday should they be unable to trade him.
Verner, who had a career-high five interceptions last season, is expected to be a better fit in Smith's Cover 2 defense than Revis, who specializes in man coverage.
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