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Titans “totally surprised” Cortland Finnegan left camp

Adam Vinatieri, Cortland Finnegan AP

The news yesterday that Titans defensive back Cortland Finnegan had walked out of training camp in a contract dispute came as a shock to the team’s front office.

“We’ve tried to call him, and we have not been able to get in touch with him,” Titans G.M. Mike Reinfeldt told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “We were totally surprised he turned around and left camp.”

In and of itself, a player holding out for more money is not surprising — the Titans are already dealing with one such player in Chris Johnson — but what is surprising is the way Finnegan handled it. Finnegan showed up to camp, then left, and the Titans’ front office says he and his agent now aren’t even talking to them.

Titans coach Mike Munchak says he didn’t realize Finnegan was even considering leaving camp until he didn’t show up to a Saturday morning meeting.

“Disappointed is probably the easiest word,” Munchak said. “It is not something we expected.”

Finnegan is scheduled to make $3.793 million this season, the final year of his current contract, and Reinfeldt said he’s scratching his head about why Finnegan won’t honor the contract he signed.

“He will be a free agent the end of the year,” Reinfeldt said. “If you can find a contract extension that makes sense for both sides you do it, but if not, making $3.8 million is not the end of the world either.”

Reinfeldt is right: The smart thing for Finnegan to do, if he thinks the Titans aren’t paying him enough, would be to have a great 2011 season and convince some other team to pay him in 2012. By becoming a distraction in Tennessee, Finnegan is only making himself less appealing to other teams when he becomes a free agent in seven months.

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38 Responses to “Titans “totally surprised” Cortland Finnegan left camp”
  1. qdog112 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:50 AM

    “The smart thing for Finnegan to do, if he thinks the Titans aren’t paying him enough, would be to have a great 2011 season and convince some other team to pay him in 2012.”
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    Or he could hold out and try to get a raise from his current team. If that option is taken off the table – the player always loses.

  2. stairwayto7 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    The Titans fron office was surprised also that Lendale White was a fat bust, Albert Hayesworth only wanted money, Vince Young was immature and that the Music City Miracle was nto overturned!

  3. simplesimon1 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:52 AM

    I can see his side for only one reason. With the loss of Tulloch and Babin he won’t look nearly as good this year. He’ll have less help and longer periods of time to cover receivers. After his bad season this year, his stock will plumet on the open market.

    Another reason he’s holding out…..He’s just a douce, plain and simple, and he has been since he came into the league.

  4. jw731 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:54 AM

    Maybe the Titans should send a private jet to Texas, have Andre Johnson fly to Tenn. and bitch slap him again…….

  5. sakatak says: Aug 7, 2011 10:55 AM

    Who does Finnegan think he is?

  6. FoozieGrooler says: Aug 7, 2011 10:55 AM

    “Reinfeldt said he’s scratching his head about why Finnegan won’t honor the contract he signed.”

    You mean like how teams cut players who still have time left on theirs?

  7. laxer37 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:56 AM

    Marginal talent, big chip on his shoulder.

    The guy’s highlight reel consists of him getting beat or running his mouth.

  8. oscarbluth says: Aug 7, 2011 10:57 AM

    Two picks last season and he thinks he’s worth more than 3.8 million. The balls on this guy.

    As a Titans fan I say send him packing. The only times you hear his name anymore is when he’s getting flagged or burned anyway.

  9. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 7, 2011 10:58 AM

    Pay the brother!

  10. kingjoe1 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:59 AM

    Hey maybe the Eagles can trade for him…

  11. mr4thand1 says: Aug 7, 2011 11:01 AM

    Maybe he just got tired of his teammates teasing him about that “Woodshed Beating” he got last year from Andre Johnson………poor dumb bastard.

  12. Andre's Johnson says: Aug 7, 2011 11:01 AM

    Courtney Vaginagan

  13. htowntexan13 says: Aug 7, 2011 11:04 AM

    Maybe he don’t want to face Andre Johnson again and wants to go to another division.

  14. metaldeth says: Aug 7, 2011 11:05 AM

    Good thing they have a QB that can get him the ball …

  15. peterfeldersnatch says: Aug 7, 2011 11:06 AM

    does extenze work?

  16. dmitchell624 says: Aug 7, 2011 11:07 AM

    I don’t think it had anything to do with money. I think he is hiding his cheap shot self cause someone said “Andre Johnson is here to see you”!

  17. petthefurrywall says: Aug 7, 2011 11:09 AM

    Crybaby!

  18. picksix401 says: Aug 7, 2011 11:11 AM

    Sounds idiotic to me… but then again, it was idiotic to start sh*t with Andre last year too

  19. canetic says: Aug 7, 2011 11:14 AM

    I think the Titans were “totally surprised” that they still had him on their roster to begin with.

  20. 6ringsofsteel says: Aug 7, 2011 11:17 AM

    How is this surprising. This is the same guy that WANTS to be known as the dirtiest player in the league. Why would any team want him? He’s not even that good.

  21. suckleague says: Aug 7, 2011 11:26 AM

    Similarly, moms in Walmart are sometimes shocked when their 2 years olds throw a fit.

  22. nuclearwarfare says: Aug 7, 2011 11:26 AM

    My lasting impression of Cortland Finnegan will always be when he got in a fight with another football player last year, got his helmet ripped off, and revealed to the world his Jersey Shore hair style.

  23. tonymission says: Aug 7, 2011 11:26 AM

    What a dumbass. Who’s the agent? Definitely not the best way to go about getting more money (now and/or later).

  24. laiddogg93 says: Aug 7, 2011 11:28 AM

    Headline: Titans sue Cortland in court land for breach of contract.

  25. texansbullblog says: Aug 7, 2011 11:33 AM

    Sounds like somebody doesn’t wan’t to receive any more heymakers from Andre Johnson anymore. Classy guy, helluva mediocre football player too.

  26. nickster2k says: Aug 7, 2011 11:48 AM

    Titans “totally surprised” Cortland Finnegan left camp

    =======================

    Not the first sucker-punch this guy has thrown.

  27. slobmykolb says: Aug 7, 2011 11:52 AM

    $3.8 mill. this guy is already overpaid! what an idiot!

  28. stvang says: Aug 7, 2011 11:55 AM

    That a boy.

    Signed
    Vince Young

  29. tim1999 says: Aug 7, 2011 12:03 PM

    Finnegan has a reputation of being a moron with an oversized ego. What an idiot!

  30. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 7, 2011 12:13 PM

    Cut him/ Release him NOW.

  31. raidernation3739 says: Aug 7, 2011 12:17 PM

    Andrew Johnson needs to kick his ass again!

  32. raidernation3739 says: Aug 7, 2011 12:17 PM

    Andre*

  33. trickbunny says: Aug 7, 2011 12:28 PM

    I’m pretty sure this guy somehow appears twice on the “Top 5 Biggest Douches in the NFL” list.

  34. trickbunny says: Aug 7, 2011 12:31 PM

    raidernation3739 says:
    Aug 7, 2011 12:17 PM

    Andrew Johnson needs to kick his ass again!
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    I know you corrected yourself in another post, but I’m getting a good laugh out of the first one by visualizing the 17th president of the US kicking Finnegan’s ass…

  35. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 7, 2011 12:43 PM

    Courtland Finnegan was quickly becoming my favorite defensive player. However, when the Titans let Keith Bullock walk last year, instead of stepping up as the new leader of our defense, Finnegan went the other direction. In addition to his play significantly dropping off, he became a problem on and off the field. This sort of unpredictable behavior is becoming … well, predictable.

  36. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 7, 2011 12:55 PM

    Average player (@ best). Wants to be known as the dirtiest player in the NFL. No great loss to the Titans. I SO enjoyed the a beatdown he got when he picked on the wrong WR (and yes-I’m a Texans fan!).

  37. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 7, 2011 1:21 PM

    I signed a contract to buy a car last year, but now I’ve decided not to honor it until they paint the car a different color.

    If you don’t like the contract, don’t sign the contract.

    It’s not complicated…

  38. impact42 says: Aug 7, 2011 9:51 PM

    …so the lying begins

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