Finnegan was released by the Saints on Tuesday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. Finnegan was released on Tuesday after signing with the Saints less than a month ago. The team now has just four healthy cornerbacks on the roster as Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams are likely to open the season as starters. Finnegan, who has previously contemplated retirement, will now hit the open market in the hopes that he can land with a team looking to add veteran depth in the secondary.
Finnegan signed a contract with the Saints on Saturday. Finnegan was going to retire before last season, but ended up signing with the Panthers. The veteran cornerback only played five games for Carolina last season, but accrued 18 combined tackles and one pass defended. Clearly, Finnegan is not the player he was four or five years ago, but he provides insurance for the New Orleans secondary should someone go down with an injury. He is currently listed with the second team defense.
Finnegan signed with the Panthers on Monday. Finnegan joins Carolina after previously announcing his retirement in March of this season. However, with fellow veteran Charles Tillman currently dealing with a knee injury, the Panthers' secondary could use another experienced cornerback. Now 31 years old, Finnegan totaled 44 tackles and nine passes defended in 12 games for the Dolphins last season.
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan became the latest NFL player to retire, announcing his decision on Instagram. The 31-year-old was recently released by the Dolphins but could have easily latched on to another team. "Spent nine years doing something I loved and it has paid off in so many ways," Finnegan wrote. "Time to move on and enjoy new people, new places and new ideas." Finnegan retires with 645 career tackles, 18 interceptions, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and four touchdowns. He spent his first six seasons with the Titans, then two with the Rams before landing in Miami. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2008 with Tennessee.
The Dolphins have released cornerback Cortland Finnegan, the team announced. Finnegan was set to count $6.475 million against the cap in 2015, but the team will only take a $1 million cap hit upon his release. He didn't record an interception in 2014 while opposing quarterbacks completed 66.2 percent of passes thrown at the cornerback.