Finnegan could join other ex-Titans in Detroit

AP

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and linebacker Stephen Tulloch both followed Jim Schwartz from Tennessee to Detroit.

Perhaps Cortland Finnegan will be the next player to make the journey.

Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has a league source that says the Lions “could” be one of the key teams interested in Finnegan if the Titans let him walk away. Other possibilities mentioned: St. Louis, Dallas, Oakland, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

Finnegan is reportedly looking for a deal similar to the five-year, $48.75 million contract Johnathan Joseph got last year.

The Titans have yet to negotiate with Finnegan, but does that really mean anything? We’ve seen a lot of reports that a team has yet to negotiate with players. We’re still a month away from free agency; that’s fairly standard. Teams haven’t finalized their free agent gameplan yet.

It doesn’t make sense for the Titans to just let Finnegan walk away. Even though they haven’t talked contract with him yet, the franchise tag has to be an attractive option for the team.

24 responses to “Finnegan could join other ex-Titans in Detroit

  1. Would love to see him on the Lions but they can’t even find the cap space to pay their own players how are they going to pay this guy?

  2. They can’t afford to pay him when they have to extend Calvin this year. Roll with and develop the players you have and build through the draft.

  3. Titans are gonna let him walk, we got young players ready to step up for far less $. He’s not worth 10 million a year when we need OL, LB, DE, DT and Safeties……….bottom line

  4. jamesmeckerwhat says: Feb 13, 2012 9:26 AM

    They can’t afford to pay him when they have to extend Calvin this year. Roll with and develop the players you have and build through the draft.

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    you do understand the only way in fact that the Lions would be able to afford Finnegan is if they resign Calvin this offseason….

    It’s called the “salary cap” – a long term extension to Calvin will make his cap hit the next few seasons a third of what it would be if he goes into his final year of his current deal in 2012….thus opening up LOTS of cap space or “money” as many on here like to refer to it as to sign free agents like Finnegan.

    Just funny how clueless most are on this…

  5. Yep, it’d be nice to have him here but he’s too expensive. Still too many holes to fill to give everything we got left to bring in just one guy.

  6. jamesmeckerwhat says:Feb 13, 2012 9:26 AM

    They can’t afford to pay him when they have to extend Calvin this year. Roll with and develop the players you have and build through the draft.

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    Redoing Calvins deal this year will actually free up $7-10 million this year, much like it did when the Cardinals extended Fitz to make him the highest paid receiver. It will also save them money on next years cap since if they tag him he would be set to make $28 million next season! Suh, Stafford, KVB, and Calvin account for almost half of the Lions cap number right now. Calvins cap number will come down and I could see KVB redoing his deal or being cut. Suh could also redo his deal to free up some cap space. Stafford is going to need to be extended this offseason or next, which could also free up cap space. There are a lot of ways the Lions can free up cap space, they just have to be creative. Mayhew has been doing a great job as a GM and I am confidant he will figure all this out.

  7. Give him Jonathan Joesph money?!

    Joesph > Finnegan

    I dont think the market will be that great for him, and if it is Im pretty sure the 49ers bow out on this one.

  8. Good luck getting JJoe money, you punching bag.

    Finnegan is a mediocre corner, at best, that aspires to be the dirtiest player in the NFL. He won’t even be the dirtiest player on the team in Detroit.

  9. Maybe I’m not as familiar with Finnegan as I should be, but I think he’s no where near the player that Jonathan Joseph is.

    He’s no scrub, but Joseph is definitely at the top of that second tier of CBs in the league (behind Revis, and a few others). Finnegan getting the same money as Joseph would be a sham.

    I don’t think Detroit should touch the guy. The “dirty” reputation might not bother the players much, but adding a guy known as one of the dirtiest isn’t the best PR move. Then again if Schwartz helped Finnegan become that dirty and tough guy, maybe it explains some of what we’ve seen in Detroit.

    Personally I don’t want to take away those 2 matchups every year with Andre Johnson. I always love the possibility of Andre getting in a few head shots on him.

  10. “Excellent. The Lions could use some additional dirty play.”

    As a long time Lion season ticket holder, I absolutely agree. This is Deeeeee-troit football, just like the Pistons championship teams.

  11. purpleguy says:Feb 13, 2012 12:21 PM

    They can’t re-work Calvin, sign Avril and sign Finnigen beginaigen.

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    And why can they not do this?

  12. Maybe Schwartz can get him back into shape (mentally). When Finnegan first entered the league, the guy was a serious gamer. A few years later and his biggest weapon is his mouth.

  13. f0rem4n; People like you make me ill.
    February 14, 2012
    I don’t know why you’re even here other than jealousy, fear, and anger because the Lions are showing signs of turning things around, just like the city of Detroit has been doing. I realize this disgusts small minded people like you but too bad suck wad. FYI, the Detroit Pistons were not known as a “dirty team” they were nicknamed the bad boys because they defended the paint tenaciously. They were tough minded, and resilient just like the people of this region and if you can’t handle that then get out of this blog, because no one cares about your ignorant opinion.

  14. Even if it means letting Avril walk I would make that call in a heart beat. Especially when you have a good young talent like Willie Young ready to step in. Adding Finnegan would make this at least an average-above average defense. Make it happen Mayhew.

  15. Finnegans numbers are as good a J. Joseph’s and Brent Grimes. better than Dunta Robinsons and other 1B CBs in the league.

    Any lions fan should absolutely want this guy.
    Finnegan rated as a +15.8 in coverage.
    Eric Wright was a miserable -14.1.

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