Verner announced via his Instagram that he officially has retired from the NFL. Verner, who hasn't played in the league since 2017, ends his career with 371 solo tackles, 74 passes defensed, 15 interceptions and seven forced fumbles. A Pro Bowler in 2013, Verner spent his first four seasons with the Titans before spending the next four years with the Buccaneers and Dolphins.
Verner (hamstring) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills. Despite a full practice Thursday, the Dolphins opted to rest Verner as to not risk an aggravation in a game without playoff implications for the Dolphins. In his place, expect Bobby McCain and Torry Mctyer to fill in at cornerback.
Verner (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Verner was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury he sustained last week against the Chiefs. However, his full participation in practice Thursday puts him firmly on track to play in the season finale Sunday against the Bills.
Verner was signed by the Dolphins on Tuesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Verner was released by the Buccaneers in February after notching a career-low 16 tackles in 16 games throughout the 2016 season. He added just 11 total passes defensed and two interceptions during the last two seasons combined. He'll have a solid shot at making the Dolphins' final roster, but Byron Maxwell (ankle), Xavien Howard and Bobby McCain will likely be ahead of Verner on the Week 1 depth chart.
Verner will be released by the Buccaneers on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Verner would have been owed $6.5 million in 2017. He saw a reduced workload in 2016 compared to his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, recording only 16 tackles compared to 76 and 56 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. A big reason for this regression was the emergence of rookie Vernon Hargreaves, who took over as the starting corner opposite Brent Grimes last season and racked up 76 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Verner still has value as a defender, and should find himself on an NFL roster come September.
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