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.
Verner was the lone Pro Bowl selection for the Titans last season and was a second-team All-Pro after leading the team with five interceptions and 26 passes defensed.
The Titans considered him a better zone than man-to-man corner and the bigger, faster Tommie Campbell was given every chance to unseat Verner heading into 2013. But Verner won the job with ease and was a key piece of the secondary, the best unit on the team.
The 25-year old was a fourth-round pick in 2010.
ESPN.com Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky contributed to this report.
We already knew former Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson was joining the Bucs. But minutes after free agency opened, Adam Schefter reported two other signings. Schefter reported the Bucs signed tight end Brandon Myers to a two-year, $4 million deal and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to a four-year, $12 million deal.
Those other two moves could give the Bucs two immediate starters. Myers spent last season with the New York Giants, where he caught 47 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns. Myers is known more for his receiving ability than his blocking. He likely will compete with Tim Wright for the starting job.
McDonald has been a career backup in Seattle, but he’ll have a chance to earn a starting job in Tampa Bay. As a rotational player last season, McDonald had 5.5 sacks and 35 tackles.
The Bucs also will have quarterback Josh McCown in for a visit. McCown could end up competing with Mike Glennon for the starting role. Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman, Green Bay center Evan Dietrich-Smith and Cincinnati offensive tackle Anthony Collins are scheduled to visit the Bucs. Linebacker Dane Fletcher, who spent the last three seasons with New England, also was scheduled to begin his visit Tuesday night. The Bucs also have re-signed reserve defensive back Danny Gorrer to a one-year contract.
The Washington Redskins reached agreement with a trio of free agents Tuesday, garnering deals with former Cleveland Browns guard Shawn Lauvao, former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Adam Hayward, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Redskins also re-signed wide receiver Santana Moss to a one-year deal.
Lauvao agreed to a four-year deal worth $17 million, and Roberts' deal is worth $16 million over four years, sources say.
Lauvao, 26, spent his first four seasons with Browns, starting 44 of 53 games. Roberts, who turned 26 in January, was third on the Cardinals with 471 yards on 43 receptions.
Coming off a career year in 2012, Roberts' role was reduced in 2013 under first-year coach Bruce Arians. Roberts was named the third receiver, behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. He had a season high 97 yards on eight catches in Week 1 against St. Louis.
Moss, 34, will return to the Redskins for a 10th season. He had a down season in 2013, catching 42 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns.
Hayward, 29, had 25 tackles with Tampa Bay last season.
According to league sources, the Buccaneers are expected to release Revis if they are unable to deal him by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Trade talks for Revis are expected to drag into Wednesday, sources say. Any team trading for Revis would like to work out a new contract, which may mean he could influence where he's traded, if he is traded.
The time is important because Revis has a $1.5 million roster bonus due Wednesday and the fourth-round pick the Buccaneers traded to the New York Jets last year would become a third-round pick if Revis is on Tampa Bay's roster as of 4:01 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Rather than lose the money and the extra round, the Bucs will try to trade Revis. If no deal is worked out, they would likely release him. Either way, the Jets are expected to receive a fourth-round pick from Tampa Bay, not the Buccaneers' third-rounder.
Though Tampa Bay would get nothing in return for Revis if it releases him, it would save the money and the pick and would free up $16 million in salary-cap space -- all of which had been slated to go to Revis -- to spend on other players or re-sign its own.
At least one team said the Buccaneers had been open to dealing Revis since the scouting combine. The Buccaneers have been attempting to trade him, but Revis' contract has proved prohibitive.
Add a guy that had 3.5 sacks last season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense and what do you have?
Potentially one of the best defenses in the NFL.
That’s what I see after the Bucs came to an agreement with former Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson on Tuesday. The five-year, $43 million deal will be finalized after the league year officially begins at 4 p.m.
Johnson’s production was rather ordinary last season, and this might not seem like a big haul for the Buccaneers. But it is. Johnson is capable of producing a lot more than 3.5 sacks, as evidenced by the 11.5 he posted in 2012. He might have been the best edge rusher on the market, and that is something the Bucs sorely need.
Tampa Bay got only 6.5 sacks from its defensive ends in 2013. Plug in Johnson and the pass rush suddenly gets a lot better -- on paper. Heck, the entire defense gets better instantly.
If Johnson can deliver anything close to what he did in 2012, this defense could be elite. The interior of the defensive line is very good with Gerald McCoy, the linebackers are led by All-Pro Lavonte David, and safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron are well above average.
Adding Johnson to the mix might make Tampa Bay an elite defense.
It's a five-year deal worth $43.75 million, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson.
The deal includes $24 million in guaranteed money, according to sources.
Johnson was given the Cincinnati Bengals' franchise tag in 2013, sending his single-season pay skyrocketing above $11 million. It marked the second straight season that a Bengals player had been tagged.
After a productive year getting to quarterbacks in 2012, Johnson struggled doing the same in 2013, recording just 3.5 sacks. He had 11.5 sacks two seasons ago.
A 2009 third-round selection out of Georgia Tech, Johnson was signed to a four-year deal. Over the past few seasons with the Bengals, he helped bolster one of the league's stronger defensive lines.
When defensive tackle Geno Atkins signed a five-year, $55 million deal and fellow defensive end Carlos Dunlap signed a five-year, $40 million deal before last season, it appeared the Bengals would have difficulty retaining Johnson this offseason.
The Buccaneers also reached agreement with former Giants tight end Brandon Myers
I'm told that the Bucs have shown interest in Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham. That would make a lot of sense because Tampa Bay has a glaring need at tight end.
Graham, 27, is coming off the best year of his career. He had 49 catches for 545 yards and five touchdowns.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will trade or release cornerback Darrelle Revis, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
I say both of those scenarios would be a mistake. Yes, the Bucs would free up $16 million in salary-cap space if Revis wasn’t on their roster, and that’s significant. But it’s not like the Bucs are desperate for cap room. They already are more than $24 million under the cap.
Parting ways with Revis would allow the Bucs to overhaul just about any area they want. But if they let Revis go, they’ll have to do something fairly significant at cornerback. They’ll probably have to sign two free-agent cornerbacks.
That’s two more than if they were to simply keep Revis, the scenario I like. Sure, the Bucs would be on the hook for the full $16 million. But they also would have one of the best cornerbacks in the league on their roster, and there's a lot to be said for that.
Take away Revis and, on paper, the Bucs aren’t as good a team as they would be with the cornerback.
The time is important because Revis has a $1.5 million roster bonus due on Wednesday, and the fourth-round pick the Buccaneers traded to the New York Jets last year would become a third-round pick if Revis is on Tampa's roster as of 4:01 Wednesday.
Thus, rather than lose the money and the extra round, the Bucs will try to trade Revis before then and if no deal is worked out, would likely release him. Either way, the Jets are expected to receive a fourth-round pick from Tampa, not the Buccaneers' third.
Though Tampa Bay would get nothing in return for Revis if it winds up releasing him, it would save the money and the pick, and it instantly would free up $16 million in salary cap space -- all of which had been slated to go to Revis -- to go spend on other players or re-sign its own.
At least one team around the league said the Buccaneers had been open to dealing Revis since the combine. The Buccaneers have been attempting to trade him but Revis' contract -- $16 million per year -- has been too prohibitive for other teams to pick up.
The two sides have discussed a restructured contract but have been unable to come to an agreement so far, according to sources.