A great zone defender who was highly productive as a tackler yet also a regular threat for pickoffs. Would read quarterbacks and plays exceptionally well and had instinctive reactions and good speed. Jammed and redirected receivers effectively. Was also solid in run support.
Undersized for a d-back, and would sometimes lose his man in straight-up coverage. Occasionally bit on fakes. Wasn't very fluid, and could be slow out of his breaks.
Pro Bowl cornerback.
Career Honors & Awards
Named to play in Pro Bowl
Movements & Injuries
Announced his retirement.
Released by the Miami Dolphins.
Ankle injury, out.
Signed as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins to a two-year contract.
Released by the St. Louis Rams.
Eye injury, injured reserve.
Fined $7,875 by the NFL.
Fined $10,000 by the NFL.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the St. Louis Rams to a five-year contract.
Fined $25,000 by the NFL.
Signed by the Tennessee Titans.
Signed as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the St. Louis Rams.
Drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 7th round (215th overall) in 2006.
PFT: Finnegan never actually had eye surgery | 06/25/2014 5:44 PM
A Rams source informed Profootballtalk that now-Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan never actually underwent surgery to repair his 2013 fractured orbital bone.
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It's a slow period for NFL news. Last week, Finnegan called out ex-Rams DC Tim Walton by saying his defensive approach was "atrocious," and Walton was "in over his head." The Rams swung back at Finnegan today, saying Walton's game plan wasn't the problem, but Finnegan's play is partly to blame. (In our opinion, both Finnegan and Walton were awful in 2013.) The Rams basically went on to say that Finnegan used his eye injury as an excuse for his bad play. The Dolphins are counting on Finnegan to start opposite Brent Grimes this season.
Cortland Finnegan playing RCB in base defense | 05/27/2014 12:24 PM
Cortland Finnegan opened OTAs as the Dolphins' starting right corner, opposite LCB Brent Grimes.
Finnegan will cover the slot in sub-packages. He's the leader in the clubhouse to start at right corner in DC Kevin Coyle's base defense, although the Fins are hoping Jamar Taylor or Will Davis pushes Finnegan for early-down snaps.
Finnegan scheduled to make $3.5M in 2014 | 03/17/2014 1:45 PM
New Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan's two-year, $11 million deal includes $5.5 million guaranteed.
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The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus, while Finnegan's $3.5 million 2014 base salary is fully guaranteed. He's due a non-guaranteed $5.45 million in 2015. It's a surprisingly-large commitment for a 30-year-old corner who has struggled mightily each of the past two seasons.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the "word is" that Cortland Finnegan's two-year deal with the Dolphins is worth $11 million.
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Oh my. As former Rotoworlder Gregg Rosenthal put it on Twitter, "Finnegan should be getting calls from other players that want him to be their agent." Finnegan negotiated his own contract. He got new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey to agree to an Ireland-esque deal for a declining veteran who was literally one of the worst corners in the league last season. Finnegan has an excellent track record, but that doesn't really matter when you're on the wrong side of 30 and coming off a calamitous year. Finnegan also struggled in 2012. The Dolphins are banking on Finnegan turning back time.
Dolphins will sign CB Cortland Finnegan to a two-year contract.
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Finnegan was awful for the Rams in seven appearances last season and almost as bad during the 2012 campaign. The Dolphins are hoping that was due to a thigh injury and not because he's lost a couple steps at age 30. It's a risky signing, but one that shouldn't be too expensive. If Finnegan can rebound to anywhere in the vicinity of his All-Pro 2008 form, he'll fit nicely with Brent Grimes.
Cortland Finnegan gets a visit with Dolphins | 03/13/2014 4:45 PM
Free agent CB Cortland Finnegan will visit the Dolphins Friday.
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Scheduled to count $10 million against the cap, Finnegan was released by the Rams last week. Consider his relationship with coach Jeff Fisher, it was a bad sign. Finnegan is ill-suited to be a starter opposite Brent Grimes at age 30.
Finnegan, 30, was scheduled to count $10 million against the cap. St. Louis clears a much-needed $4 million in cap space with the move. Before landing on injured reserve with a fractured orbital bone in November, Finnegan was getting routinely beat in coverage as the Rams' slot corner. He signed a five-year, $50 million deal ahead of the 2012 season. Finnegan doesn't appear to have much left.
Finnegan will be ready for offseason program | 02/21/2014 2:20 PM
Cortland Finnegan (fractured orbital bone) is expected to be ready for the Rams' offseason program.
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The question is whether Finnegan will still be with the Rams when OTAs begin. Finnegan was among the worst corners in the league last season, and will count $10 million against the cap in 2014. The Rams can clear $9 million in space by designating Finnegan as a post-June 1 cut. Finnegan's close relationship with coach Jeff Fisher means the sides could agree to a restructured contract.
Report: 'No way in hell' Rams keep Finnegan | 02/17/2014 10:02 AM
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there's "no way in hell" the Rams will retain CB Cortland Finnegan at his current salary.
Finnegan's play has fallen off a cliff, and he's currently scheduled to count $10 million against the 2014 cap. The Rams can clear $9 million by designating Finnegan as a post-June 1 cut. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson emerged as the Rams' top two outside corners last season, but neither made strides from their 2012 rookie seasons. St. Louis will likely target corner help this offseason.
Finnegan, Wells, Dahl on chopping block | 01/24/2014 1:37 PM
ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner considers CB Cortland Finnegan, C Scott Wells, and RG Harvey Dahl St. Louis' likeliest three offseason release candidates.
The Rams currently aren't working with much cap room, but could clear $13-15 million by making these three moves. Of course, cutting both Dahl and Wells would create five question marks on the O-Line, with no starting-caliber player at left guard, LT Jake Long coming off ACL surgery, and RT Rodger Saffold a free agent. Cutting Finnegan would save $4 million in cap space.
Guarantees gone from Finnegan's deal | 12/31/2013 8:00 PM
The guaranteed money on the five-year, $50 million contract Cortland Finnegan signed in 2012 with St. Louis has run out.
Finnegan is now owed a $6 million base salary and $3 million roster bonus in 2014, and we'd be stunned if he got either. When Finnegan wasn't battling injuries this season, he was getting torched relentlessly in coverage, as if he'd suddenly lost several steps. Perhaps longtime coach Jeff Fisher would be willing to bring back Finnegan at a severely reduced rate. The Rams could save $7 million in cap space by releasing Finnegan outright.
Cortland Finnegan likely done with Rams? | 11/28/2013 7:52 AM
The Rams could save $7 million in 2014 by releasing CB Cortland Finnegan outright after this season.
Finnegan, who landed on IR last week due to a fractured orbital bone, was signed to a five-year, $50 million contract last March. He was ProFootballFocus' No. 86 corner in 2012 and dead last (110th) this season. Finnegan's leadership abilities won't save him even though he's still only 29 years old.
Rams place Cortland Finnegan (eye) on I.R. | 11/23/2013 4:11 PM
Rams placed CB Cortland Finnegan (eye) on injured reserve, ending his season.
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The full details of Finnegan's eye injury aren't yet available, but he was listed as doubtful for Week 12 and will now be shut down for the season. It's not a huge loss for the Rams, as Finnegan had been one of the least effective corners in the NFL this year and was limited to strictly nickel duties when healthy. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson will remain the starting corners. Rookie safety T.J. McDonald has been activated from short-term I.R. to replace Finnegan on the active roster.
Finnegan active for Rams on Monday night | 10/28/2013 7:25 PM
Cortland Finnegan (thigh) is active for Monday night's game versus Seattle.
Finnegan was listed as questionable on the injury report after missing the last three games. He's looked over the hill this season. Finnegan will likely be limited strictly to nickel duties in his return. Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins are locked in as the Rams' outside corners.
Rams list Cortland Finnegan as questionable | 10/26/2013 4:05 PM
Rams CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) did not participate in Saturday's practice and is questionable for Week 8 against the Seahawks.
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Finnegan was held out for precautionary reasons after practicing on a limited basis this week. He'll be a game-time decision for Monday Night Football. Also questionable for the Rams are RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) and C Scott Wells (thigh). Cunningham has still yet to resume practicing and is targeting a Week 9 return.
Cortland Finnegan is inactive for Rams | 10/06/2013 11:47 AM
Rams declared CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) inactive for Sunday's Week 5 game against the Jaguars.
As expected, Trumaine Johnson will get another start. If Blaine Gabbert weren't starting, it would be an excellent spot for Justin Blackmon to make his return. The Rams didn't have any surprises in the rest of their inactives: RT Rodger Saffold (knee), DE Will Hayes (knee), DT Matt Conrath (concussion), OL Barrett Jones, OL Brandon Washington and OL Mike Person.
Cortland Finnegan listed as doubtful | 10/04/2013 3:04 PM
Rams CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Week 5 against the Jaguars.
Finnegan has looked so washed up in 2013 that his inactivity may be a positive for St. Louis' secondary. Finnegan suffered the injury two Thursdays ago.
Finnegan leaves game with thigh injury | 09/26/2013 9:47 PM
Rams CB Cortland Finnegan exited Thursday night's Week 4 game against the 49ers with a thigh injury and is questionable to return.
Finnegan suffered the injury after giving up a 20-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin in the second quarter. Trumaine Johnson will replace him at cornerback opposite Janoris Jenkins.