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Cortland Finnegan | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/2/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
College: Samford
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Free agent CB Cortland Finnegan announced his retirement from the NFL.
Finnegan, 31, played nine seasons in the league. Not bad for a former seventh-round pick. He spent his first six years with the Titans before landing a big contract with the Rams in 2012. Finnegan lasted two seasons in St. Louis before ending his career in Miami. His play fell off a steep cliff the past two years, and Finnegan was eventually released earlier this month. Mar 11 - 11:16 AM

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Dolphins released CB Cortland Finnegan.

The move frees up $5.475 million in cap space, and was a no-brainer after Finnegan was one of the league's worst corners last season. Per the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, Finnegan has considered retirement. Now 31, Finnegan will have to be amenable to bargain-basement offers without guaranteed money if he wants to continue playing. His play has been on a steady downward slope.
Mar 2 - 1:56 PM

ESPN's James Walker expects the Dolphins to ask RCB Cortland Finnegan to take a pay cut.

Finnegan played just 12 games last year due to injuries. He was a below-average starter when healthy, grading out as PFF's No. 74 corner. Due a non-guaranteed $5.48 million, Finnegan could be released if he's unwilling to restructure.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 5:56 PM

Dolphins RCB Cortland Finnegan (ankle) is listed a questionable for Week 15 against the Patriots.

Finnegan will test out his ankle before the game, but he is expected to play. Finnegan has missed the last four games. The Dolphins should also get back CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder, questionable) for the important divisional showdown.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Dolphins RCB Cortland Finnegan (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 14 against the Ravens.

Finnegan looked on track to play early in the week, but he was not happy with his quickness or cutting ability following Thursday's practice. Jimmy Wilson and R.J. Sanford should see more snaps with Finnegan sidelined.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Cortland Finnegan (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 13.

Finnegan will miss his third straight game. With Jamar Taylor (shoulder) also sidelined, it leaves Miami with fourth-round CB Walt Aikens opposite Brent Grimes. Jimmy Wilson will continue playing the slot in nickel packages.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Dolphins RCB Cortland Finnegan (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 11.

Finnegan left last week's loss to Detroit with the injury and did not return. With Miami facing Buffalo on Thursday Night Football, the turnaround was too quick for Finnegan to get ready. We suspect Finnegan's absence will ensure the Fins use usual LCB Brent Grimes to chase Sammy Watkins all over the formation. Jamar Taylor is expected to get the start in place of Finnegan. To read about how Watkins fared against Grimes in these clubs' Week 2 meeting, read Evan Silva's Thursday night Matchup column, accessible at the link below.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan left Sunday's Week 10 loss at Detroit with an ankle injury and did not return.

Finnegan will be in a race to get ready for a Thursday night Week 11 game against the Bills. He's been getting abused all season opposite Brent Grimes anyway.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 09:13:00 PM

The Palm Beach Post reports Cortland Finnegan is "running away" with the Dolphins' No. 2 cornerback job opposite Brent Grimes.

Second-year CB Jamar Taylor was supposed to give Finnegan a run for his money. Finnegan picked off three passes in Tuesday's practice and appears to be healthy after ending last season on I.R. with the Rams. The 30-year-old was oft-burned in St. Louis, but will have better safeties playing behind him in Miami.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 11:53:00 AM

A Rams source informed Profootballtalk that now-Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan never actually underwent surgery to repair his 2013 fractured orbital bone.

It's a slow period for NFL news. Last week, Finnegan called out ex-Rams DC Tim Walton by saying his defensive approach was "atrocious," and Walton was "in over his head." The Rams swung back at Finnegan today, saying Walton's game plan wasn't the problem, but Finnegan's play is partly to blame. (In our opinion, both Finnegan and Walton were awful in 2013.) The Rams basically went on to say Finnegan used his eye injury as an excuse for his bad play. The Dolphins are counting on Finnegan to start opposite Brent Grimes this season.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 05:44:00 PM

Cortland Finnegan opened OTAs as the Dolphins' starting right corner, opposite LCB Brent Grimes.

Finnegan will cover the slot in sub-packages. He's the leader in the clubhouse to start at right corner in DC Kevin Coyle's base defense, although the Fins are hoping Jamar Taylor or Will Davis pushes Finnegan for early-down snaps.
Tue, May 27, 2014 12:24:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 01:45:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 05:16:00 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.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 03:54:00 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.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 04:45:00 PM

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