In a move that can’t be characterized as much of a shock given his history with new St. Louis Rams’ Head Coach Jeff Fisher, cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed a five-year, $50 million deal with the Rams. Finnegan’s ties to Fisher stem back to their days spent together with the Tennessee Titans and his feisty style fits Fisher’s mentality perfectly.
The Rams desperately needed some help at the corner position with the rash of injuries that plagued them throughout the 2011 campaign. After the team release veteran Ron Bartell the night before free agency, many believed that a deal for a corner wasn’t far around the corner.
Attitude is something that the Rams organization is trying to turn around and Finnegan brings the fire that this club hopes can infuse the entire roster. His history of discipline problems with the league is lengthy as he was first fined for slamming New York Giants receiver Steve Smith to the ground by his face mask which resulted in a $5,000 fine. He then hit Denver Broncos’ guard Chris Kuper with his helmet off and that warranted a $10,000 penalty. Finally the infamous ejection and $25,000 fine for his on-field brawl with Houston Texans’ All-Pro Andre Johnson was Finnegan’s latest incident.
He may not be the only Titan in the Rams’ sights however as versatile defensive lineman Jason Jones was scheduled to meet with the team Tuesday night into Wednesday. At 6’5” 276lbs., Jones can line up inside at tackle or slide out to end and rush the passer whenever necessary. The Rams could really use some versatility and depth along their defensive line to fortify a rather shoddy unit from 2011.
St. Louis isn’t all that far from Tennessee in terms of geography and now they aren’t that much different in terms of football styles either.