One day after blaming the media for his blowing his one day absence from training camp, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan came clean.
“I first want apologize to Jim Wyatt (of the Tennessean) and the media for this tirade of events that’s happened. It has been nothing but a distraction to the team that was not needed,’’ Finnegan said Monday. “When I was talking with my agent, because I wasn’t happy with some of the things said I let the emotions get the best of me and I had to take a step back personally and regroup.”
Florio wrote last night that Finnegan’s words made little sense. The cornerback tried to say he was out of camp because of a personal matter the team knew about, but the Titans made it clear he left without telling them.
The Titans and Finnegan’s agent have been negotiating a possible extension. Finnegan repeatedly expressed regret over his actions and tried to stress he wants to remain with the team. Titans coach Mike Munchak indicated the team plans to fine Finnegan, although we can’t imagine that will affect their desire to sign him long-term.
“I took the negotiations personally and I shouldn’t have and it affected everyone in the community and the team and I deeply regret that,” Finnegan said. “I want to be here long-term.”
Finnegan can look at the bright side: At least the Titans are negotiating with him, unlike Chris Johnson.