Today’s Detroit Free Press contains a tantalizing linkage between the Detroit Lions and Cortland Finnegan, one of the top cornerbacks that could be available when the free agency period begins in about a month. It is the first time the Lions have been directly linked to a possible free agent outside of their organization. Here is the line from Carlos Monarrez’s article in the Freep:
According to a league source not affiliated with the Lions, Detroit could be one of the key teams interested in Finnegan if the Titans don’t sign him before free agency starts March 13.
While the fan in me would like to get excited about this report, there is way too much uncertainty to allow myself to go in that direction. First of all, there is no guarantee that Finnegan will be available. It is possible that he begins negotiations with the Titans that will keep him off the free agent market, or the team could apply the franchise tag when they have that option from February 20 to March 5.
Even if all that happens, the quote from the source leaves us with an unsatisfying “could be one of the key teams interested” in regards to the Detroit Lions. The source goes on to acknowledge that the Lions won’t be alone as possible suitors:
The Lions — along with St. Louis, Dallas, Oakland, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville — could make a play for Finnegan, according to the source.
In other words, any team that needs help at cornerback “could make a play for Finnegan”. I suppose it carries more weight coming from a league source but there really isn’t any new revelation here. The source is not affiliated with the Lions and doesn’t appear to have any direct knowledge of the team’s plans, otherwise we would have learned that the Lions would be one of the key players, not could be.
How should we take this as Lions fans? A person with NFL connections thinks the Lions might be a fit for Cortland Finnegan. As excited as we might want to get over the Lions being connected to Finnegan, I don’t see how we can reasonably take this report as anything more than that.