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Rams do five-year, $50 million deal with Cortland Finnegan


FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez reports that the St. Louis Rams “have a deal in place” with cornerback Cortland Finnegan worth roughly $50 million over five years. It sounds like Finnegan will sign the contract, officially, during his Friday visit to Rams headquarters.

One of the most versatile cornerbacks in football, Finnegan played right corner in Tennessee’s base defense and kicked inside to cover the slot in the nickel. Though not blessed with prototypical size — Finnegan is generously listed at 5-foot-10, 188 — he is a physical defensive back with playmaking ability.

He’s piled up 14 interceptions, three forced fumbles, and six sacks over his first six NFL seasons.

Finnegan, who turned 28 in February, will quickly assume No. 1 cornerback duties in St. Louis based on his fat paycheck and knowledge of Jeff Fisher’s schemes.

Finnegan was the No. 1 cornerback on PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agency list.

Next up is Brandon Carr, who was in Dallas on Tuesday night visiting the Cowboys.

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27 Responses to “Rams do five-year, $50 million deal with Cortland Finnegan”
  1. rascalmanny says: Mar 13, 2012 10:05 PM

    Last time Finny got a contract he took it easy the next season.

    Best of luck Rams. Hope you get a FULL five years out of Finnegan.

    He was voted to be one of the team leaders this last season with the Titans yet we saw very little leadership.

  2. sizvampire55 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:06 PM

    Finnegan was not the #1 corner on PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agency List. That would be jar-jar Ladarius Webb.

  3. blacknole08 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    That’s a ton of money for a guy who plays on the right side. Rams needed to sign a corner bad though, and with his attitude at the very least that D will have some fight in them.

  4. schmitty2 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    As a Rams fan I’m pretty happy with this move but most would agree..they are paying him way too much!

  5. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    He reminds me of Eric Davis. He’s a good player, not sure about this deal until I see the actual numbers. Rams better put a bigger corner on Moss though.

    Rogers isn’t going to get the big deal he wants and might end up back here is SF unless the 9ers get Carr or Wright first.

  6. shadowgm1 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    14 interceptions over six seasons. You don’t say. That’s a blistering 2.3 picks per season, coupled with one sack and a half of a forced fumble. All in one season??!?!! How did he escape Tennessee to be able to fleece an obviously desperate and deprived organization? What a douche.

  7. jethrie says: Mar 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    For an undersized and physical corner, he’s on the down-slope of his career. Way too much money for him. One more good season and he’s cooked (or moving to safety).

  8. talkintrashallday says: Mar 13, 2012 10:09 PM

    $50 Million for Finnegan?? c’mon now….

  9. rarelyclever says: Mar 13, 2012 10:15 PM

    I’m a Cowboys fan and I was optimistic about him signing for them, but $10,000,000 a year? Nnamdi got $12 mil and he, frankly, wasn’t worth that money with Philadelphia. Too expensive, and although he’s a good corner, there’s no way he can live up to that contract.

  10. skito13 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:16 PM

    All players are overpaid. So get the good ones and let the owners sort it out. Ram’s are on right path.

  11. aasukisuki says: Mar 13, 2012 10:19 PM

    2 Things:

    1) Apparently you get $50 million as a consolation prize every time you get a beat down from Andre Johnson

    2) Brandon Carr is gonna get PAID SON!

  12. lolb23 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:24 PM

    Too old for rebuilding Rams. Will be washed up in 3-4 years when they finally start threatening for the division.

  13. webothlose says: Mar 13, 2012 10:25 PM

    Seriously? He is a Nickel CB at best and StL gives him Asomugha money?

    2011: Asoumugha gets 5 yrs/$60million w $25million guaranteed.

    And that was an uncapped year!

    I’m guessing the Rams had to fork out above market money to get a legit player to sign.

  14. lenwhale says: Mar 13, 2012 10:26 PM

    Finny is more than serviceable.(versatile) Now that he is in camp, Rams are BPA during draft

  15. eddiemeredith says: Mar 13, 2012 10:31 PM

    Now that they don’t have to worry about Corner they can draft Blackmon if available

  16. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 10:32 PM

    Whew, I’m just happy the Lions didn’t snap ’em.

  17. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 10:32 PM

    Now if only Sam Bradford could get his act together. This maybe a good team.

  18. war27 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:37 PM

    And people laughed when Al Davis gave Routt a 10 mil a year deal….

  19. draftdoctor says: Mar 13, 2012 11:11 PM

    Come on man.

  20. detroitcityryda says: Mar 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    Rams stacking up finnegan,this years 2 first rounders plus 4 first round picks next two years omg they have a chance to build with young talent and few experienced guys and become a force like my lions .congrats rams I’m pulling for you cuz you sucked like us .

  21. mizzouram says: Mar 13, 2012 11:41 PM

    $50 mil….really?

  22. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 13, 2012 11:42 PM

    When I think of that guy, I think of Andre Johnson ripping off his helmet and pummeling him with his fists.

  23. rockbottom37 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:06 AM

    I thought he would land in Detroit but Lions have salary cap issues

  24. sir1389 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:09 AM

    At least the new owner is willing to pour money into the team to win and not be in a perpetual rebuilding phase.

  25. cluelessdufus says: Mar 14, 2012 6:00 AM

    Great addition hopefully he dosen’t get in to another fight with Andre Johnson but is a shut down corner and is the 3rd best player in free agency

  26. baily67 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:34 AM

    way to overpay Finnegan. he’s not worth $10 million. Looks like the Rams have all of the Titans’ leftovers. also looks like the Rams with Fisher will be another mediocre team!

  27. mightyquinn69 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:15 AM

    I have to say $50MIL is way too much for a corner that isn’t an All Pro caliber player.

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