Ben Goessling of ESPN.com connects a few dots with his recent analysis of the Vikings cornerback position as they head into the offseason.
According to Goessling, “it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Vikings make a run at a free-agent cornerback like Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner, whom new defensive backs coach Jerry Gray coached as the Titans’ defensive coordinator.”
The Vikings made the decision to get much younger at cornerback in 2013 and although first-round pick Xavier Rhodes played pretty well for the most part, Minnesota ranked No. 31 in passing yards allowed and No. 32 touchdowns allowed.
- Goessling writes that it wouldn’t be surprising to see them part ways with “some of the low-priced corners at the bottom of their roster.“
- Goessling mentions that Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert could be potential target for the Vikings in round one of this year’s draft if they elect to pass on a quarterback or there isn’t one available to them.
As for Verner, he is in great position to secure a solid contract on the open market. Verner got off to an incredible start to the season and wound up making the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.
Verner, 25, finished the season with 57 tackles, five interceptions including one for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries and 23 passes defensed.
Pro Football Focus has Verner rated as the No. 12 cornerback in the league this season. We have him listed as the No. 6 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.