Cortland Finnegan, who played for the Miami Dolphins in 2014, has announced his retirement from the NFL via a post on Instagram. Finnegan was selected in the seventh round in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He spent the majority of his career there until he signed with St. Louis Rams in 2012. After he was released following the 2013 season, he signed with the Dolphins on a two-year deal but was released by the team several weeks ago.
Throughout his career, he accumulated 645 tackles, 7 sacks and 18 interceptions. He was best known for his fiery and in your face attitude on the field. In Miami though, he seemed to get away from that just a bit and instead, took on more of a mentor role for the younger cornerbacks such as Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. Both players have taken to Twitter to express their support for him and the impact he has made on their short NFL careers thus far.
On Instagram, Finnegan wrote, "Spent 9 years doing something I Loved and it has payed off in so many ways.. To say I have been blessed is an understatement I am forever thankful.. I have made my share of mistakes and had moments of glory. I even got into a fight in an NFL Game ( he hits like a bish) . I'm thankful for the friends I made on and off the field love yAll.. Time to move on and enjoy new people new places and new ideas.. I forgot to thank all the haters I love yAll to."
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs