Cortland Finnegan’s name has been tossed around by fans as a possible free agency pick up. Finnegan is a decent cornerback and has ties to Jim Schwartz. When Schwartz was the defensive coordinator with Tennessee, Finnegan was there too and Finnegan made the Pro Bowl in 2008. It sounds like Finnegan would be a good fit for Lions to provide a boost to the less-than-stellar secondary. However, I highly doubt that the Lions will sing the free agent this offseason.
Schwartz was asked about if Finnegan would fit his current system yesterday at the NFL Combine. Here is an excerpt from what he said:
We haven’t gone all in on any one person. We haven’t also discounted any player or person. Anybody that fits our scheme, anybody that makes sense for us, we’ve done a good job of evaluating those guys. If Cortland ends up being one of those, then we’ll be in that position with him.
Also, National Football Post is reporting that Finnegan and the Titans are far apart on his new contract talks. How far apart? About 4 million dollars per season apart. While it may happen, I wouldn’t put my money on Finnegan re-signing with the Titans.
Cortland Finnegan wants to be paid like a top cornerback in the NFL. The Lions simply can’t afford that type of contract right now. We all know that if Cliff Avril is re-signed, it tightens Lions’ budget even more. If the Lions choose not to keep Avril, don’t expect the Lions to spend the money on signing Finnegan with his high demands. Instead, the Lions will likely use the money to re-sign Stephen Tulloch.
As good as it sounds to have Finnegan come to Detroit, the salary cap won’t allow it to happen unless Finnegan lowers his demands.