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Report: Titans likely to franchise Cortland Finnegan

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Titans defensive back Cortland Finnegan has often been mentioned as one of the top free agents available this offseason. But he may not be available after all.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Titans are likely to put the franchise tag on Finnegan.

Previous reports had indicated that the Titans were leaning against using the franchise tag on Finnegan. But with the Titans and Finnegan far apart on talks for a long-term extension, Tennessee is now apparently leaning toward keeping Finnegan in the fold with nothing more than the one-year tender offer.

The Cowboys and the Lions are among the teams that were reportedly interested in signing Finnegan. If the Titans put the franchise tag on him, that’s not going to happen, as a team that signs him to an offer sheet would have to be prepared to send two first-round draft picks to Tennessee.

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17 Responses to “Report: Titans likely to franchise Cortland Finnegan”
  1. ike1973 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    I’d love for my Lions to pick him up but not for the price of 2 first rounders. Probably a good move by the titans.

  2. tharoostah says: Mar 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    This could be a false story… I will let you know if/when Schefter reports it. Until then call it “hearsay”

  3. ud1hens says: Mar 2, 2012 10:24 AM

    When I read the title I really hoped the picture would be him and Andre Johnson fighting…there’s always next time.

  4. purplereign28 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:30 AM

    Well f*ck…

  5. njbucsfan says: Mar 2, 2012 10:35 AM

    Hopefully the Bucs won’t have Myron Lewis and EJ Biggers as their starting CB’s…..first Grimes….Now this. Ugh

  6. vegaskid21 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:36 AM

    Now there’s a man who can take a punch to the back of the head.

    A. Johnson

  7. joetoronto says: Mar 2, 2012 10:38 AM

    tharoostah says: Mar 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    This could be a false story… I will let you know if/when Schefter reports it. Until then call it “hearsay”
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    lol, what!?

  8. yelix says: Mar 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    Between Finnegan and Grimes getting the tag, Brandon Carr is going to be a rich man.

  9. barnold1993 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    Adam Schefter just tweeted that the Titans will not use the tag on Cortland.

  10. karlton2 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:45 AM

    While publicizing interest in a soon-to-be FA may help you get a leg up in starting negotiations, here is the downside. With enough publicized interest, the old team may feel there’s enough interest to try and leverage a trade and get something in return, which they can only do by using the franchise tag.

  11. tharoostah says: Mar 2, 2012 10:45 AM

    above I commented that this could be a false story. Schefter has confirmed that this story is FALSE.

    “Titans will not place their franchise tag on cornerback Cortland Finnegan, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.”

  12. sj39 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    %@$#^, I was hoping to see him re-unite with Fisher on the Rams.

  13. hatesycophants says: Mar 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    Hey joetoronto,

    Any chance you’ll pull your head out before you post again? Didn’t think so.

  14. joetoronto says: Mar 2, 2012 12:24 PM

    hatesycophants says:
    Mar 2, 2012 11:10 AM
    Hey joetoronto,

    Any chance you’ll pull your head out before you post again? Didn’t think so. are you talking about?
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    WTF are you talking about?

    A rumor from La Canfora says one thing, and a rumor from Shefter says another and you, and everyone else, automatically assume Shefter is right.

    Who knows who’ll end up right, the point is that assumption is the mother of all F*ups.

  15. thraiderskin says: Mar 2, 2012 1:06 PM

    Why not let him go? He is a pretty solid corner-back, not a great one (top 5 is a great cornerback, pay-wise). Look to the future at that position (in the draft) and save the money for a potential FA pickup.

  16. mcjandrewhigginbottom says: Mar 3, 2012 8:18 PM

    how could you say that looking to the future and picking one up in the draft is a better option? there are more misses in the draft in the secondary position than any other position. and yes finnegan is a top flight corner, maybe not top 5 but def top 10. If the titans lose him this year they would basically lose 3 out of the 4 starting secondary players. they need finnegan not just because he is a great player, but also the leader of the defense as well as the most talented. there is NO guarantee of finding another pro-bowl caliber corner other than keeping finnegan. tag him and turn attentions to griffin.

  17. chasedawg1965 says: Mar 8, 2012 10:48 PM

    That’s a big price to pay! He good but not that good! Draft a corner or go after another.

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