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Cortland Finnegan | Defensive Back | #26

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/2/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
College: Samford
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 7 (215) / TEN
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Panthers signed CB Cortland Finnegan.
Finnegan "retired" in March, but he has been taking workouts all season. The Panthers need depth with Charles Tillman out indefinitely because of a sprained knee, but Carolina should hope Finnegan is not forced into important snaps. The former All-Pro was a disaster two years ago with the Rams and struggled last season with the Dolphins as well. DC Sean McDermott said Finnegan will start out defending the slot. Mon, Nov 30, 2015 11:12:00 AM

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The Panthers worked out free agent CB Cortland Finnegan.

31-year-old Finnegan retired in March, but has been working out for teams the last month. He could be a depth option with Charles Tillman sidelined. The Panthers also had Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain in for tryouts.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 08:04:00 PM

The Patriots worked out free agent CB Cortland Finnegan on Wednesday.

The Dolphins released Finnegan in March and he "retired" nine days later after drawing zero interest as a free agent. Per NFL Network's Rand Getlin, the 31-year-old is still open to playing. The Patriots aren't signing Finnegan at this time. He was one of Pro Football Focus' worst cover corners last season.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 02:49:00 PM

Free agent DB Cortland Finnegan is open to playing in 2015.

Finnegan "retired" in March nine days after being released by the Dolphins. Arguably the league's worst corner last season, the pint-sized Finnegan is reportedly open to playing safety. Finnegan is just 31, but his career fell off such a cliff following his big deal with the Rams in 2012 that it's hard to see him generating interest.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 02:38:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 11:16:00 AM

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.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 01:56:00 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
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 05:56:00 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

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