Is Cornerback Still a Big Need for the Bucs if Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks Return in 2016?

It appears as if the Bucs are ready to give another chance to both Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks, so how big a need is cornerback for the team?

Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down each position on the Bucs roster. During this process, I will discuss who stays, who goes, top free agent targets that make sense, and players that fit the position in the draft.

Today, we focus on the Bucs' Cornerbacks.

Current Roster:

Player

Under Contract

2016 Cap Number

Stays/Goes

Comment

Alterraun Verner

Thru 2017

$6.75 million

Stays

Verner has not lived up to the big free agent contract he signed with the Bucs 2 years ago, but that’s not a reason to abandon him. Verner was a Pro Bowler in 2013. During that year, his position coach was Brett Maxie with the Titans. The Bucs hired Maxie as an assistant this off-season.

Johnthan Banks

Thru 2016

$1.5 million

Stays

Banks was a 2nd round pick just a few years ago. Like Verner, perhaps Banks just didn’t fit in Lovie Smith’s crappy defensive scheme. Banks is a big corner and pretty cheap. He’ll be given a chance to start.

Sterling Moore

UFA

$0

Stays

Moore is interesting. He was probably the Bucs’ best CB in 2015, but that’s not saying much. I could see the Bucs resigning him, but I could also see the Bucs allowing him to walk if he asks for too much money. If Moore walks, look for the Bucs to possibly sign a CB in free agency.

Jude Adjei-Barimah

Thru 2017

$525,000

Stays

Adjei-Barimah is a young CB, who is very cheap, and has valuable game experience. I think he provides good depth as the 4th or 5th CB and a good body on special teams.

Mike Jenkins

UFA

$0

Goes

AMF

CJ Roberts

Thru 2017

$450,000

Goes

Young players like Roberts and Ross are typically interchangeable during the off-season.

Joel Ross

Thru 2017

$450,000

Goes

Young players like Roberts and Ross are typically interchangeable during the off-season.

Top Free Agent Targets:

Trumaine Johnson - LA Rams
I'm not sure what the market will be for Johnson, but he'd be a top target for me. Johnson is a big corner who plays with a physical nature about him. At 26 years old, Johnson is just entering the prime of his career. If the Bucs let Sterling Moore walk, I hope Trumaine Johnson is their target.

Leon Hall - Cincinnati Bengals
If the Bucs are looking for more of a veteran presence in their secondary, Hall would be a great addition. He's not the best cornerback on the market, but his experience and leadership could pay off in a big way with the young Bucs defense. I wouldn't be surprised if he resigned with the Bengals.

Janoris Jenkins - LA Rams
The Rams may try to keep both of their corners, but they may only be able to choose one. If the Rams keep Trumaine Johnson, Jenkins could become a nice target for the Bucs. Jenkins isn't a big corner, but he can be a big play corner. Jenkins will take chances, which is both good and bad. He immediately become the Bucs best CB.

Sean Smith - Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have a lot of their key players on defense being free agents this year. Sean Smith is a big corner, 28 years old, played very well for the Chiefs since he signed with them a few years ago, and should be another hot name on the open market. Smith wouldn't be my top choice, but if he was a target of the Bucs, I would not be disappointed one bit.

Prince Amukamara - New York Giants
The Prince has been ok since being drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft. It appears as if the Giants will allow him to test free agency. At just 26 years old, Amukamara has plenty of experience for a CB his age. 

Adam Jones - Cincinnati Bengals
Sure, I know Jones brings an attitude with him, but he has kept himself clean off the field in recent years. Plus, couldn't the Bucs defense use a little attitude? If the Bucs are ok with Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner being their starters, and they let Sterling Moore walk, Jones could come in, and not only be the team's nickel back, but also contribute as a return man.

Top Names to Remember for the Draft 

[NOTE: Not every eligible name will be mentioned]

Early Round Names:
Jalen Ramsey - FSU
Vernon Hargreaves - Florida
Eli Apple - Ohio State
Mackensie Alexander - Clemson
William Jackson III - Houston
Kendall Fuller - Virginia Tech
Jalen Mills - LSU
Xavien Howard - Baylor

Later Round Names:
Deiondre Hall - Northern Iowa
Rashard Robinson - LSU
Cyrus Jones - Alabama
Morgan Burns - Kansas State
James Bradberry - Samford


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