The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released a one-time free-agent catch.
The 28-year-old cornerback signed a four-year $25.5 million contract in 2014. With no guaranteed money left on the deal, the Bucs will save the entire $6.5 million salary-cap hit in 2017. Verner was scheduled to count as the fifth-highest hit to the Bucs' cap.
The release makes fiscal and football sense after Verner lost out on a starting spot in the 2016 lineup to rising first-round rookie Vernon Hargreaves. After a dreadful 2015 campaign in which he was benched, Verner started three games last season and saw fewer than 25 snaps in 10 contests. He started just nine games the past two seasons.
"The case is currently inactive because we don't have any witnesses or evidence to place the driver behind the wheel at the time of the crash," a Tampa Police Dept. spokeswoman wrote in a statement.
Greg Auman of Tampa Bay Times first reported the development.
Officers responded to the scene of the crash on Christmas Eve and found an abandoned Chevy Silverado, which appeared to have left the roadway and struck a tree, according to the report. The driver fled the scene, according to police, and officers learned the vehicle was registered to Jackson. In the car, police found 6.3 grams of marijuana and also found two .38 caliber hollow-point bullets, which are legal in Florida. Possession in Florida of less than 20 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor.
Jackson was contacted by police and later responded to the scene. Jackson told police he let his friend borrow the truck prior to the crash. Police, however, were unable to confirm via witness accounts if his friend china cheap jerseys was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The investigation was placed into inactive status after the business that sustained damage to the tree on its property did not turn over surveillance video footage of the crash. Police said the business also hasn't indicated if it is interested in prosecuting the driver.
The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to NFL.com that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback was involved in a collision on Feb. 13.
According to the police report, Winston failed to safely reduce his speed in time to avoid a rear-end collision with another vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light on the Veterans Expressway (State Road 589). Winston's Ford F-250 pickup struck the rear of the Subaru Forester.
Neither driver nor any passengers were injured in the crash.
Winston is subject to a fine for driving in a careless or negligent manner.
The Tampa quarterback is currently under NFL investigation for allegations of groping made against him by a female Uber driver. Winston has denied the accusations.