The St. Louis Rams are reportedly going to release former Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan, a move which saves them $4,000,000.00 in cap space at the least in 2014.
Finnegan ended the 2013 season in injured reserve after fracturing his left orbital bone. A 7th round pick out of Samford for the Titans in 2006, Finnegan was an overachieving player throughout his career with the Titans. He hit pay dirt when former Titans coach Jeff Fisher brought him to the Rams in 2012 when he signed a 5 year 50 million dollar contract that reportedly contained 26.5 guaranteed.
Finnegan ranked at the bottom of the list in cornerback rankings per Pro Football Focus in 2013.
I’m not certain his playing days are done but I do wonder what value Finnegan carries now and whether he is willing to accept a lesser role and is capable of now being a force on special teams. Certainly he could get some looks from teams in the league.
The Titans however should not be one of them. Although likely to lose Alterraun Verner in free agency, they still have Jason McCourty, Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson on the roster. Sensabaugh and BW3 are exciting young players. They also drafted Khalid Wooten who is on the practice squad. Finally, Tommie Campbell is still on the roster as well though it isn’t entirely certain he will remain.
Good teams develop and utilize their young talent and the Titans have some promising young talent at the position. They certainly could add a defensive back in free agency or via the draft. I don’t think they will show any serious interest in Finnegan.