When the St. Louis Rams signed cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a $50 million, five-year contract, it may have been a little overpriced but didn't seem so bad.
And for the first year of the deal, it wasn't. Finnegan played pretty well for the Rams. Then the second year of the deal came, and the bottom fell out.
Finnegan didn't play well. A fractured orbital bone, which blurred his vision but he tried to play through, was partially to blame. But all of a sudden, he wasn't worth that contract anymore, especially with $6 million in base salary due this year.
Finnegan was informed that he will be let go by the St. Louis Rams. He is due a $3 million roster bonus next week and will be released before that comes due.
He announced it himself with a farewell tweet.
Finnegan is 30 years old and last year can be viewed as an injury-fueled aberration. Known for being an agitator on the field, Finnegan can still help some team, and there are plenty that need a cornerback.
St. Louis has a couple young corners, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, which was another reason Finnegan was expendable.
For those teams ready to spend big bucks on the free agent market next week, Finnegan's short and expensive time with the Rams serves as another cautionary tale that everything in the NFL is temporary.
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