New England Patriots captain Devin McCourty is doing his part to recruit players to join his secondary.
Free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner told Mad Dog Sports Radio that “(New England) is definitely a possibility” in free agency and that “(Jason McCourty’s) brother has been lobbying for me (to join Patriots).” Jason McCourty has played with Verner on the Tennessee Titans since the free agent cornerback was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Verner is expected to be one of the highest-paid free agent cornerbacks this offseason. He’s just 25 years old and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2013.
The Patriots’ first choice at cornerback is likely Aqib Talib, but he might be out of New England’s price range. If Talib walks, the Patriots could turn their attention to Verner.
Verner told Mad Dog Sports Radio that he would rather be one of the highest-paid players on his new team than among his position.
“I would feel more obliged to go to a team that paid me $6 or $7 million and made me one of the highest-paid players on the team than go to a team that paid me $8 or $9 million and I wasn’t one of the highest-paid players on the team,” Verner said.
A $6 million or $7 million contract would make Verner the fifth-highest-paid player on the Patriots in 2014.