Free agency Tuesday started off a little slow, but things certainly picked up as the day went on. Word around Rams Park is that the team has reached a free agent deal with former Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan on a five-year deal worth somewhere around $50 million. Those numbers aren’t certain, but it sounds like that will be pretty close to the final number when things are wrapped up.
I absolutely love Finnegan, and although the contract is a little bigger than I expected, I think the Rams got a good one here. Finnegan is tough as nails and he adds a bit of a nasty streak to this defense, which is what we need. He’s a former Pro Bowler, and Jeff Fisher obviously thinks very highly of him. I would be a little more nervous about this signing if Fisher wasn’t here, but he knows all about this guy and he obviously pushed hard to bring him in.
In other free agency news, the team is also in talks with bother forer Titan: defensive lineman Jason Jones. Jones has played end and tackle during his career, but I would think he would fit better here at DT if he does sign. He’s a big boy at 6-foot-5 276 pounds, and it looks like he is pretty solid against the run. The team has also reached out to former Houston tackle Eric Winston (who I like very much), but he has other visits scheduled before St. Louis so I wouldn’t say the chances are great. Corners Tracy Porter and Jarrett Bush are also on the table, but Porter looks doubtful after the Finnegan signing. Bush coud still be in play as a depth guy, but the need obviously isn’t what it was.