Written by Matthew Cannata
This past offseason, the MIami Dolphins signed cornerback Cortland FInnegan to a two-year contract worth $11 million dollars, with $3.5 million of it coming this season. After the deal was announced, many questioned the deal as Finnegan seemed to be on the back end of his career. If you tell him that though, he'll shoot right back and tell you that you're wrong.
"I play with an edge, and I've learned to control that throughout the years if you've looked with the fines going down," Finnegan explained earlier this offseason. "At the same time, I want to bring that same tenacity and spunk and everything that I had, that maybe I was missing. I know a lot of people say maybe there was something missing -- maybe that's what it was."
Finnegan has looked strong and in shape during the offseason workouts and is currently penciled in as the second cornerback on the roster. One thing that stands out about him is that even though he's fighting for a chance to be a starter, he's still mentoring the younger guys he's trying to beat out. For example, after a June practice, he stayed on the field for 20 minutes to mentor cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis.
"We're all trying to get better," Finnegan said afterward. "You're only as good as our second string and third string, and those guys are one play away from being in the game. So any time we can get them up to speed on everybody's level, I think it builds for a better football team."
The Dolphins and fans everywhere can only hope that Finnegan regains his form. If he does, the Miami secondary will be one of the best in the NFL.