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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Bucs clear way for Darrelle Revis departure

By Pat Yasinskas

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In another move that signals the likely end of Darrelle Revis' time with Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers have agreed to terms with Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner.

The four-year deal is worth $26.5 million and the former member of the Tennessee Titans is likely to step directly into Revis’ place as a starting cornerback. Revis is scheduled to make $16 million in 2014 and the Bucs are expected to either trade or release him.

Verner will be a better fit in coach Lovie Smith’s Tampa Two scheme. Revis is known for his man-to-man cover skills and the Bucs don’t want to pay him big money in a system in which he doesn’t thrive.

Verner can start opposite second-year pro Johnthan Banks and Tampa Bay should have a solid secondary with Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron at the safety spots.