MOBILE, Ala. _ Of all the Tennessee Titans free agents, cornerback Cortland Finnegan is the one who is garnering the most attention and debate.
Should the Titans reach out and re-sign Finnegan? Thus far, that has been no movement whatsoever on that front, his agent, Terry Watson confirmed to TitanInsider here at the Senior Bowl.
“I don't really know where it's headed. Cortland is naturally curious as to why they haven't contacted us yet. I've assured him that part of the process is just to wait for the time for that to occur. If it does occur, I'm sure that myself and (the Titans) will talk at some point in the future,” Watson said.
Certainly the change from Mike Reinfeldt to Ruston Webster at general manager might have slowed any thought of negotiations momentarily. But as Webster said Tuesday, he will begin busying himself with free agency once he returns to Nashville from the Senior Bowl.
In terms of applying the franchise tag, Webster, while not speaking about Finnegan specifically, indicated that the Titans have to keep all options at their disposal with regards to free agency. The projected franchise tag number for a cornerback would pay Finnegan $10.6 million.
Watson had no comment on the possibility of Finnegan being franchised for the upcoming season.
If Finnegan reaches the open market, he will surely have a couple of quick suitors interested in him. Jeff Fisher, now in St. Louis, certainly knows Finnegan, and former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz needs defensive back help in Detroit. Plus, the Lions already have Kyle Vanden Bosch and will re-sign ex-Titan Stephen Tulloch, both of whom are close friends with Finnegan.
If the Titans don't franchise Finnegan and get into a bidding war with the Lions or someone else, then he is likely gone, because indications are that the “hometown discount” ship has sailed and will not be in play if he reaches free agency.