Four Top Cornerbacks Bucs Can Pursue in 2015

NFL NEWS: Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs gave up the fifth most passing yards in 2014 surrendering an average of 255 yards a game, which means they could use some help at cornerback.

Despite their low ranking in yardage, they did finish a respectable tie with 14 interceptions for the year. Most of the interceptions came from second year cornerback Johnthan Banks who finished with four. The second most came from Danny Lansanah with three, followed by Alterraun Verner with two. Brandon Dixon and Leonard Johnson are the only other corners with a pic.

Verner, who was brought in to replace Darrelle Revis, came to the team from the Tennessee Titans previously appeared in the Pro Bowl. What didnt help matters was the fact that Mike Jenkins, who was also acquired in the offseason, suffered a season-ending injury. Jenkins was re-signed for his second audition with the team.

Here are some cornerbacks who can provide some quality depth to the team.

Bears_Charles_Tillman_2012Charles Tillman

Tillman, along with Lance Briggs, seem to be obvious choices for former Chicago Bears for Lovie Smith to covet who have thrived under his regime. Like Briggs, Tillmans suffered the injury bug the last two seasons. Tillmans made just over $3 million in 2014 and may likely take a dramatic cut to stay relevant in the league. The Bucs, even as a rental, can provide for a career resurgence given the franchises history for reclamation projects.

Tillman, who played his entire 12 seasons with the Bears, can provide depth and ample competition at the position. The two-time Pro Bowler and three-time recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award has 857 total tackles, 36 interceptions and 42 fumbles forced in his career. How committed would Tillman be to playing at the age of 34? How about the fact that he wants to play until he wins a Super Bowl.

Ike Taylor

Taylor, who played his entire 12-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is still looking to make an impact despite his defensive coordinator of 11 years in Dick LeBeau leaving for the Tennessee Titans.

While the Titans might be the next logical step, Taylor also make an attractive option being in head coach Mike Tomlins system. Tillman and Taylor fit a similar mold. Taylors been reliable, for the most part, over his career missing only 18 games with 636 total tackles, 14 interceptions and 144 passes defended. Hes had double-digit pass defenses for all but three seasons.

Alex Carter

Carter, who stands at six foot and 196 lb., has the frame to match with bigger targets according to Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com. Projected as a second/third rounder, the Standford prospect has a nose for the ball earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention in his three seasons with the program.

As a physical corner, Carter doesnt necessarily need burning speed to thrive in the zone scheme of a Tampa 2.

Jacoby Glenn UCFJacoby Glenn

Glenn, a product of UCF, has big playability as an open field tackler and eye for the ball. He can work in as a possible Ronde Barber-type whos effective in run support. While his speed and backpedaling is something he needs to work on, according to Bruger, he can be effective on a short field.

The redshirt sophomore recorded 48 tackles, seven interceptions and one forced fumble for the Scarlet Knights in 2014.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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