Free Agent CB Update

Peter King recently made a comment that got the attention of some Eagles fans.

“If I were GM Howie Roseman, I’d be watching tape of Titans corner Alterraun Verner”

Did King know the Eagles liked Verner? Does that mean the Eagles will go after a corner in free agency?

It is my feeling that the Eagles will address corner in the draft. They already have a pair of veteran CBs. Could those guys be upgraded? Sure, but then you’re spending FA money on a position where there is already stability. It makes more sense to focus on holes rather than expensive upgrades.

2 of the CBs that fans asked most about need updates. Sam Shields re-signed with Green Bay so he’s off the market.

As to Verner, Mike Tanier wrote an excellent piece on him and offered one key note.

Verner also rarely plays press coverage. Through four games, I do not recall seeing him jam a receiver at the line, though he sometimes makes contact early in the route and rides the receiver downfield. The Titans work to allow Verner to cover in space as often as possible.

“Rarely plays press coverage.” That’s not a good fit for the Eagles. It is my understanding that Bill Davis wants to play even more press coverage than he did in 2013. Don’t pay big money to a corner that doesn’t fit your scheme.

Verner is a talented, young player, but fit is critical in free agency just like it is in the draft.

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