Not even half an hour after the release of veteran offensive lineman Nate Garner, the Miami Dolphins have decided to part ways with veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan after only one season with the team.
Finnegan, a ten-year veteran, was a star cornerback for the Tennessee Titans and is infamous for instigating a fight between himself and veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson. Finnegan was notorious for getting under the skin of his opponents and playing head games with them.
During his time in St. Louis, Finnegan's level of play dropped dramatically and injuries kept him from playing more than seven games of his second year with the Rams.
Miami signed him to a two-year deal last March in hopes that Finnegan would regain his edge and become a great player once again while alongside Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. While this was not the result the Dolphins got, especially after an ankle injury sidelined Finnegan for several weeks, Finnegan did have an impact on the younger members of the team.
Both young corners, Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, expressed how Finnegan was taking them aside and putting them under his wing, teaching them techniques and making them better cornerbacks for the future. Finnegan even said at one point that he hoped that Jamar Taylor would be able to take his starting job away from him. Well, with Finnegan now gone, Taylor will get that opportunity.
Releasing Finnegan gives the Dolphins an extra $5,475,000 in cap space and only $1,000,000 in dead money, and the Dolphins cap space as of now is somewhere around the figure of $17.5M, and there are still several moves the team can make to make more. Could defensive tackle Randy Starks be next? Or does the team have something else in mind? Only time will tell.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter. @FLSportDebater
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