When the Tennessee Titans meet with the agent for cornerback Cortland Finnegan this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Terry Watson is hoping the Titans show something in terms of money.
Watson said the Titans have not countered a proposal he made to them in August, one believed to be in the ballpark of a $50 million package, which came on the heels of an offer made by then general manager Mike Reinfeldt of $7 million a year over four years.
“I can't negotiate with myself,” Watson said of the talks. “The Titans are going to to put some numbers together in a counter proposal.”
The Titans and Watson are scheduled to talk either Friday or Saturday in Indianapolis with Titans general manager Ruston Webster and contract negotiator Vin Marino, after the Titans called Watson late last week but did not make any proposal, only saying they wished to talk at the Combine.
The Titans could use the franchise tag on Finnegan, but a league source tells TitanInsider that Tennessee may be more likely to franchise safety Michael Griffin at $6.2 million than Finnegan at $10.6 million – if they franchise any player at all.
As previously reported by TitanInsider, Finnegan is believed to be looking for a contract extension that would pay him somewhere around $9.5 million on the low end with a high end of perhaps in the $10.5-$11 million range per season.
If Finnegan gets to the open market, the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and perhaps the Dallas Cowboys are expected to be among the teams to make a serious run at him.