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Breaking News: Rams Release Cornerback Cortland Finnegan


Sep 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) avoids a tackle by St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan (31) and avoids stepping out of bounds on the way to a 20 yard touchdown reception during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

For the most part of this week, the Rams have remained pretty quiet when it comes to releasing players and restructuring contracts. That is no longer the case however as the St. Louis Rams have released cornerback Cortland Finnegan according to sources.

The Rams signed Finnegan to a five-year deal worth roughly $50 million on March 13, 2012. Finnegan never really played like the top cornerback that the Rams expected him to be recording only four interceptions in the two years combined.

Finnegan’s play dropped significantly last season and really became the Rams’ weak spot in the secondary. The change  was noticed in training camp when Finnegan reportedly looked “slow”. The star cornerback had been dealing with injuries all season and the Rams finally put him on season-ending IR after week ten after the win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher stated at the combine during his press conference that he expected Finnegan to be back and ready for offseason workouts, but that just shows how much you can take away from what coaches and general managers say.

This release should come to no surprise however, as the Rams would be paying Finnegan an astounding $10 million to be their third cornerback at best. The Rams save $4 million by releasing Finnegan.

The Rams will still have to pay $6 in dead money, but they will be saving $4 million to help re-sign offensive lineman Rodger Saffold or go after a guy like Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner in free agency.

The Rams could also still bring Finnegan back to a cheaper deal, but that scenario is unlikely. Finnegan took to Twitter after his release and here’s what he had to say:

 

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  • ricdram

    Good(great) roster move. Who’s next?Perhaps
    a C & G who are past their prime. Lets save $
    & improve the roster. I advised Nathan that I
    didn’t want Clemens back even though he
    would be cheap to retain.I guess we will be
    drafting a CB early. Go Snisher !

    • Blaine Grisak

      I don’t think it would be bad for the Rams to re-sign Clemens. He’s a quality veteran back-up to have in the locker room. I think the Rams are going to retain Wells and then drop Dahl

      • ricdram

        I don’t have a problem with Clemens in the
        locker room, its him on the field that puts
        our season in jeopardy is Sam goes down.
        I have ZERO confidence in him as back up.

        • Blaine Grisak

          How can you have zero confidence in him after last year. 4-5 with wins over the Saints, Colts, and the Bears plus the Buccaneers? I dont know how you could still want Austin Davis over him. If we are going to have a young guy behind Bradford Id rather Clemens over Davis

          • ricdram

            Those were Ram Team victories. Kellen
            Clemons did not piitch. What I remember
            from our losses were his picks & lack of
            ability to come from behind consistently.
            But if you & Nathan insist on a mediocre
            (@ best) b/u QB,then fine. I respectfully
            choose to disagree. Lets wait & see what
            Snisher does. Does anyone out there
            what Clemons as our b/u? Cesarnoel
            what do you think?

          • Blaine Grisak

            I agree with you to a point, I don’t totally disagree with you. I think the Rams will still draft somebody and hope that they beat out Clemens as the backup and then Clemens stays as the third QB. Very rarely do you get a Josh McCown or Kurt Warner backup QB. Clemens got the job done and that’s all you can really ask for from a backup QB.

          • ricdram

            Fair enough. Let Clemons earn his roster
            spot. If we have to go to the prom with
            an ugly chick,then so be it.Is it ok to ditch
            her though?

          • Blaine Grisak

            Lmao, in this case ditching her would be acceptable only if you can pick up a hotter date in the process.

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            Fisher going to Austin Davis early only shows that Fisher would go to the younger back up who already has some experience on the same system.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        With the Rams now signing Austin Davis early, my impression is that he will be the insurance back up now since he has spent some time with the Rams with the same offensive system. Clemens would be a emergency signing just in case but as of now Austin Davis was given the nod and they will likely draft the rookie QB that would become the more capable backup to Sam Bradford.