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Report: Cortland Finnegan nearing a deal with Dolphins

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The Dolphins are reportedly close to a contract with a cornerback seeking to recapture his best form.

According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, ex-Rams corner Cortland Finnegan is in the process of striking a two-year deal with Miami.

Finnegan, 30, is poised to join a Dolphins secondary with a clear-cut top cornerback in Brent Grimes. Finnegan and second-year corners Jamar Taylor and Will Davis seem the primary contenders for the other prominent spots on the depth chart at the position.

Finnegan comes off his worst season as a pro. Injuries limited him to seven games for St. Louis, which released him last week. However, he has 99 career regular season starts to his credit, and he was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008, which are just a couple of the measures of the quality of his play at points of his career, which began as a seventh-round pick of Tennessee eight years ago.

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31 Responses to “Report: Cortland Finnegan nearing a deal with Dolphins”
  1. Revis and Buttfumble says: Mar 14, 2014 4:14 PM

    4 years ago, this would be a huge signing… but this certainly isnt 4 years ago

  2. iamkillerfin says: Mar 14, 2014 4:14 PM

    1 YEAR PROVE YOURSELF DEAL ONLY PLEASE!!!

  3. chad504boy says: Mar 14, 2014 4:16 PM

    Way to start improving that locker room character.

  4. deltaoracle says: Mar 14, 2014 4:20 PM

    On again, off again.
    Come again, Finnegan?

  5. dickshotdogs says: Mar 14, 2014 4:25 PM

    Brady’s gonna love this. Heck, so will Geno and E.J.!

  6. flash1283 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:30 PM

    Well you won’t make the playoffs but they do have nice beaches.

  7. finsbooyah says: Mar 14, 2014 4:31 PM

    I’ve been a fan of all of Hickey’s moves in FA so far but I cannot approve of this one. Not only is the guy past his prime to the point where he was absolutely awful last year, he’s also a total d-bag.

    There are still plenty of other guys out there that I’d rather have over Finnegan. Hopefully Jamar Taylor can step up so this guy never has to see the field.

    Remaining areas still in need of improvement: OT, OG, RB, TE, LB

  8. scmems07 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:32 PM

    when healthy, guy can play, he will not be the #1 cb anymore so i believe he will be very good for them, both in coverage and also bringing an attitude to that defense that they need. as long as he can stay healthy.

  9. nickyleacy says: Mar 14, 2014 4:33 PM

    Hopefully they can bring back Dimitri Patterson on a cheap, one year deal. There’s a decent chance Finnegan won’t make the opening day roster and neither Taylor or Davis showed anything significant last season.

  10. djscottyb says: Mar 14, 2014 4:36 PM

    Finnegan = Nickel Back

  11. footballfan211 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:39 PM

    This guy is a great player when he is not injured and doesn’t matter that he’s a D bag because you need mean guys on the field when playing football

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 14, 2014 4:39 PM

    There once was a corner named Finnegan
    Who decided he wanted to win again.
    He moved to South Beach
    Which was really quite a reach
    Because he kept getting burned again and again.

  13. squinn21 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:39 PM

    He sucked last year but was hurt. Wasn’t bad in 2012. Fins need some fore on their team and this guy should provide some if he can stay healthy. Its not like he’ll be squaring off against opponents #1 WR’s anyway.

  14. gottaplan says: Mar 14, 2014 4:41 PM

    I like him for the nickel.. make dudes pay for coming across middle…

  15. scmems07 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:44 PM

    taylor and davis did’nt show anything significant last season….haha….im sure they did’nt, hard to show anything when you injured all year smart one. i was not aware that teams are supposed to give up on players 1 year after they are drafted.

  16. 202folife says: Mar 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    decent move, let him battle the youngsters Jamar Taylor/Will Davis for the starting corner opposite Grimes.

  17. uscfan1988 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:59 PM

    Finnigan is fiesty not a fan of his but maybe he will work out. I’m sure plenty of people thought grimes was done too. Kevin Coyle is a excellent coach resurrected reggie Nelsons career in Cincinnati so we will see

  18. ovaw8lova says: Mar 14, 2014 5:01 PM

    As a Miami fan I do not like this deal. I do not like the idea of paying aging veteran CB’s. Maybe this is a signing to capture a more veteran locker room due to the bullgate stuff. From a pure performance standpoint not sold on it although it can work in the Fins favor. They got lucky with Grimes last year so who knows.

  19. cuda1234 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:02 PM

    Another high-character, issue-free guy to improve that lockerroom?

  20. ebr362 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:02 PM

    I like this type of signing. Take a recent quality player coming off a down year due to injury and sign him to a prove it deal. Nothing better than taking a chance on a player with something to prove.

  21. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 14, 2014 5:08 PM

    Nice nickle back for sure, have to see the contract details to fully access this move.

  22. nickyleacy says: Mar 14, 2014 5:13 PM

    @scmems07 Nobody is giving up on Taylor or Davis. It’s the exact opposite in fact, they’re going to be relied on to step up. But a lot of the time they weren’t injured and were just healthy scratches from the gameday roster. There’s no harm in bringing in another veteran to push them along or replace them if the coaching staff hasn’t seen any improvement.

  23. stonedolphin89 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:13 PM

    I think this is a terrific signing. Cortland is no slouch in coverage and knows how to get into people’s heads. And if you haven’t noticed lately, Miami hasn’t exactly been intimidating anyone lately.

    No one cares if you think he’s a D-Bag. This is Football. D-Bags make a living here and their skills are valuable. If you want a smile and wave player, go watch Tim Tebow highlights.

  24. mackcarrington says: Mar 14, 2014 5:19 PM

    Should be real entertaining to see him go against Stevie Johnson twice a year.

  25. ebr362 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:32 PM

    IF Finnegan can reclaim his play along with Delmas, Fins just signed two very hard hitting players that like to mix it up. I like that attitude change.

  26. fiegln says: Mar 14, 2014 6:09 PM

    We Also Signed Shelly Smith!
    Now We Gotta Sign WR James Jones From
    The Packers!

  27. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Mar 14, 2014 6:24 PM

    Finnegan was signed to bring along the young CBs. He’s going to show them how to play and how to break down film. If he regains form, great. That’s a bonus. If you think Miami signed him to be a Pro Bowl CB, YOU are the idiot.

  28. shamrock21 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:28 PM

    It’s hard to listen to all the people on here say what a bad move this is when no one has any real knowledge of the type of player this guy will be if healthy. They signed the guy to a contract hoping he can return to form like drc , grimes etc…. If not they cut him. Big deal happens all the time. The word is Cartland is a great locker room guy who plays with and attitude. Wow that’s unheard of in nfl. So he got smacked around by aj. Who wouldn’t. Although he won’t come close to Talib on field. Talib was universally thought to be a locker room cancer. This is just a low risk hope move. Wait and see cuz no one knows if it’s good or bad move yet. Peace

  29. jayzus says: Mar 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    The dolphins improved the lockeroom by trading Martin

  30. scyankee9999 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:10 PM

    2 years 11 million for a player that was injured last year and his play was awful. Explain to me why we didn’t keep our other injured CB Patterson. At least he was playing well before his injury and he would if cost us 5 million or the same thing we’re paying this clown.

  31. seanburke23 says: Mar 16, 2014 3:47 PM

    This is another great deal for the fins, don’t forget that he was hurt last year just as Grimes was the year before, he will undoubtedly come in with something to prove and some swagger and toughness. Those saying he is washed up, come on he is 30 not 35, he has some good years left and something to prove for even a longer contract just like Grimes got. That’s a heck of a duo at the corner position, two tough guys, both that have had pro bowl seasons…. Great job fins, love what we’ve done this offseason and financially it’s much better picking up guys with something to prove that are a little cheaper rather than the guy that’s going to get a huge guaranteed contract that can now cruise, ie Aquib Talib!

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