Cortland Finnegan To Retire

Cornerback Cortland Finnegan took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce his retirement from the NFL. Finnegan, 31, was released by the Dolphins earlier this month.

Finnegan’s release could be considered a cap-related move, but it’s also apparent that his performance took a nosedive towards the end of his career. Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required) placed Finnegan 109th out of 110 qualified corners in 2013 with a grade of -19.7 in just seven games.

Because of that, many were surprised when Miami inked the former Ram to a two-year, $11MM deal last offseason. Finnegan was a little better for the Dolphins, but still placed just 74th out of 108 corners, with a -4.4 grade in 2014, per PFF. By cutting Finnegan, the Dolphins removed his $5.45MM base salary and a $25K workout bonus from their books for 2015, reducing his $6.475MM cap hit to just $1MM in dead money.

At one time, Finnegan was considered a very solid cornerback in the NFL and PFF’s numbers reflect that as he was rated the No. 2 CB in the NFL in 2012 with a +18.0 grade. Of course, the biggest part of his legacy for many will be his altercation with Andre Johnson in 2010 in which the wide receiver got the better of him — unsurprisingly, it sounds like Finnegan doesn’t see it that way, as he alludes to the incident in his Instagram announcement.

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