Yesterday on Ramblin’ Fan we gave you the five players who could be out of St. Louis before free agency. One of the players that we had was cornerback Cortland Finnegan who has never truly lived up to his big free agent contract.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, a source familiar with the Rams plans, that Finnegan would have to take a “sizable” pay cut to remain on the roster.
A source familiar with the Rams’ plans, Rapoport reported Monday that Finnegan would have to take a “sizable” pay cut to remain on the roster.
Cortland Finnegan looked slower last year. He’ll need to show up ready. But cutting him saves $4M vs. the cap. Pay cut could save them more
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 17, 2014
The Rams would certainly like to retain Finnegan, but it would have to be for the right price. Finnegan is a veteran presence of the defense and at the very least gives the Rams secondary some sort of depth.
Finnegan will count $10 million against the Rams’ salary cap. The team would save $4 million by cutting him.
Rapoport also reported that the Rams noticed that Finnegan looked a little “slow” in training camp last season.
With the Rams, Finnegan only has four interceptions, three of those coming in 2012. Finnegan was hurt the majority of last season which had a huge impact on his dreadful performance. The Rams cornerback is 30 years old and certainly his best days are behind him. At this point, Finnegan’s best highlights Rams will have come on “Smack Cam”.
Last season Finnegan was ranked 109 out of 110 cornerbacks on Pro Football Focus. If Finnegan wants to continue playing in the NFL, taking a pay cut in order to continue playing for the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher, may be his only option.