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Tampa Bay Bucs release highly paid cornerback Alteraunn Verner

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Alteraunn Verner was still getting paid like star. His performance, however, was that of a backup. The two could not be reconciled, and so Verner was released by the Tampa Bay Bucs on Thursday. Verner, 28, signed a four-year, $25.5 million contract in 2014, but his play didn’t measure up. The last two seasons, Verner started only nine games, including three in 2016. However, he was due to make $6.5 million in the coming year, even though he had been…

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Tampa Bay goes back to drafting cornerbacks in the NFL draft

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Yeah, the Tampa Bay cornerbacks were as bad as you feared last year. Consider: The team signed Brent Grimes in free agency. And Josh Henderson. Consider: The team drafted Vernon Hargreaves in the draft. And Ryan Smith. Smith, from North Carolina Central, was the latest player the Bucs thought was worth taking in the NFL draft. One scouting report suggested that the big schools had really missed their evaluations of Smith. Now, he will have time to play special teams…

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Bucs place injured C.J. Wilson on reserve/retired list

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There will be no medical miracle, at least not in the immediate future. Cornerback C.J. Wilson, who lost two fingers in a fireworks’ accident earlier this month, has been placed on the reserved/retired list by the Tampa Bay Bucs. “We know this process has been difficult for C.J. and respect his decision to step away from football,” Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said. “We are grateful for the contributions he has made to the Bucs and wish him the…

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