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Alterraun Verner, Tampa Bay Buccaneers strike deal

Darrelle Revis is as good as gone after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The new Bucs regime agreed to terms with former Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner on a four-year, $26.5 million contract with $14 million in guarantees, a source tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

With Verner in tow, Revis is expected to be released by 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Ranked No. 8 on Around The League's free-agent tracker, Verner comes at a bargain rate for a cornerback who was reported to be drawing interest from more than a half-dozen teams.

Although Verner has a great chance to earn every penny on the contract, his annual average is well short of the contracts signed by Sam Shields and Brent Grimes.

Verner will take over as the top cornerback in Lovie Smith's defense, which is better suited to his skills than a heavy press-man scheme.

Give new general Jason Licht credit. By adding Verner and pass rushers Michael Johnson and Clinton McDonald to a nucleus that includes at least four players with Pro Bowl talent, he's quietly building a defense with the potential to keep up with the NFC superpowers.

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys study the free agency picture with the help of NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

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