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Cortland Finnegan | Defensive Back

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/2/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 179
College: Samford
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New Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan's two-year, $11 million deal includes $5.5 million guaranteed.
The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus, while Finnegan's $3.5 million 2014 base salary is fully guaranteed. He's due a non-guaranteed $5.45 million in 2015. It's a surprisingly-large commitment for a 30-year-old corner who has struggled mightily each of the past two seasons. We have a hard time imagining another team would've been willing to give Finnegan this kind of pay day. Mar 17 - 1:45 PM

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NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the "word is" that Cortland Finnegan's two-year deal with the Dolphins is worth $11 million.

Oh my. As former Rotoworlder Gregg Rosenthal put it on Twitter, "Finnegan should be getting calls from other players that want him to be their agent." Finnegan negotiated his own contract. He got new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey to agree to an Ireland-esque deal for a declining veteran who was literally one of the worst corners in the league last season. Finnegan has an excellent track record, but that doesn't really matter when you're on the wrong side of 30 and coming off a calamitous year. Finnegan also struggled in 2012. The Dolphins are banking on Finnegan turning back time.
Mar 14 - 5:16 PM

Dolphins agreed to terms with CB Cortland Finnegan to a two-year contract.

Finnegan was awful for the Rams in seven appearances last season and almost as bad during the 2012 campaign. The Dolphins are hoping that was due to a thigh injury and not because he's lost a couple steps at age 30. It's a risky signing, but one that shouldn't be too expensive. If Finnegan can rebound to anywhere in the vicinity of his All-Pro 2008 form, he'll fit nicely with Brent Grimes.
Mar 14 - 3:54 PM

Free agent CB Cortland Finnegan will visit the Dolphins Friday.

Scheduled to count $10 million against the cap, Finnegan was released by the Rams last week. Considering his relationship with coach Jeff Fisher, it was a bad sign. Finnegan is ill-suited to be a starter opposite Brent Grimes at age 30.
Mar 13 - 4:45 PM

Rams released CB Cortland Finnegan.

Finnegan, 30, was scheduled to count $10 million against the salary cap. The Rams clear a much-needed $4 million in cap space with the move. Before landing on injured reserve with a fractured orbital bone in November, Finnegan was getting routinely beat in slot coverage. He signed a five-year, $50 million deal before the 2012 season and doesn't appear to have much left at age 30.
Mar 5 - 3:29 PM

Cortland Finnegan (fractured orbital bone) is expected to be ready for the Rams' offseason program.

The question is whether Finnegan will still be with the Rams when OTAs begin. Finnegan was among the worst corners in the league last season, and will count $10 million against the cap in 2014. The Rams can clear $9 million in space by designating Finnegan as a post-June 1 cut. Finnegan's close relationship with coach Jeff Fisher means the sides could agree to a restructured contract.
Feb 21 - 2:20 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there's "no way in hell" the Rams will retain CB Cortland Finnegan at his current salary.

Finnegan's play has fallen off a cliff, and he currently counts $10 million against the 2014 cap. The Rams can clear $9 million by designating Finnegan as a post-June 1 cut. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson emerged as the Rams' top two outside corners last season, but neither made strides from their 2012 rookie seasons. St. Louis will likely target corner help this offseason.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 17 - 10:02 AM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner considers CB Cortland Finnegan, C Scott Wells, and RG Harvey Dahl to be St. Louis' likeliest three offseason release candidates.

The Rams currently aren't working with much cap room, but could clear $13-15 million by making these three moves. Of course, cutting both Dahl and Wells would create five question marks on the offensive line, with no starting-caliber player at left guard, LT Jake Long coming off ACL surgery, and RT Rodger Saffold a free agent. Cutting Finnegan would save $4 million in cap space.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 24 - 1:37 PM

The guaranteed money on the five-year, $50 million contract Cortland Finnegan signed in 2012 with St. Louis has run out.

Finnegan is now owed a $6 million base salary and $3 million roster bonus in 2014, and we'd be stunned if he got either. When Finnegan wasn't battling injuries this season, he was getting torched relentlessly in coverage, as if he'd suddenly lost several steps. Perhaps longtime coach Jeff Fisher would be willing to bring back Finnegan at a severely reduced rate. The Rams could save $7 million in cap space by releasing Finnegan outright.
Source: Rotoworld
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 08:00:00 PM

The Rams could save $7 million in 2014 by releasing CB Cortland Finnegan outright after this season.

Finnegan, who landed on IR last week due to a fractured orbital bone, was signed to a five-year, $50 million contract last March. He was ProFootballFocus' No. 86 corner in 2012 and dead last (110th) this season. Finnegan's leadership abilities won't save him even though he's still only 29 years old.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 07:52:00 AM

Rams placed CB Cortland Finnegan on injured reserve with a fractured orbital bone, ending his season.

It's not a huge loss for the Rams, as Finnegan had been one of the least effective corners in the NFL this year and was limited to strictly nickel duties when healthy. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson will remain the starting corners. Rookie safety T.J. McDonald has been activated from short-term I.R. to replace Finnegan on the active roster.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Cortland Finnegan (thigh) is active for Monday night's game versus Seattle.

Finnegan was listed as questionable on the injury report after missing the last three games. He's looked over the hill this season. Finnegan will likely be limited strictly to nickel duties in his return. Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins are locked in as the Rams' outside corners.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 07:25:00 PM

Rams CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) did not participate in Saturday's practice and is questionable for Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Finnegan was held out for precautionary reasons after practicing on a limited basis this week. He'll be a game-time decision for Monday Night Football. Also questionable for the Rams are RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) and C Scott Wells (thigh). Cunningham isn't expected to return until Week 9.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Rams declared CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) inactive for Sunday's Week 5 game against the Jaguars.

As expected, Trumaine Johnson will get another start. If Blaine Gabbert weren't starting, it would be an excellent spot for Justin Blackmon to make his return. The Rams didn't have any surprises in the rest of their inactives: RT Rodger Saffold (knee), DE Will Hayes (knee), DT Matt Conrath (concussion), OL Barrett Jones, OL Brandon Washington and OL Mike Person.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 11:47:00 AM

Rams CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Week 5 against the Jaguars.

Finnegan has looked so washed up in 2013 that his inactivity may be a positive for St. Louis' secondary. Finnegan suffered the injury two Thursdays ago.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 03:04:00 PM

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