By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 1st, 2014 at 1:05 am EST
The St. Louis Rams are expecting to make drastic changes to their roster this off-season.
The Rams have missed the playoffs for nearly a decade, as the Rams haven’t made the playoffs since the 2004 season. Yet, the Rams are going to make these changes to help head coach Jeff Fisher keep his job beyond the 2014 season.
One of these changes is the releasing of cornerback Cortland Finnegan. According to multiple sources, the Rams will release the veteran cornerback before free agency starts in March.
The 29-year-old was drafted by the Tennessee Titans when Fisher was their head coach in 2006. Yet, this would be the second time in his career that Finnegan did not have Fisher as his head coach.
Finnegan was with the Titans during the 2011 season when Fisher was not coaching the team. But his relationship with Fisher drove Finnegan to sign a five-year, $50 year deal with the Rams in 2012.
Now, two seasons later, his guaranteed money of the contract has expired. He is owed $6 million dollars as a base salary and a $3 million dollar roster bonus.
With the team releasing him, they would not be responsible for Finnegan’s base or roster bonus. In watching the Rams, one would say that he was beat constantly in coverage, as he was steps behind wide receivers.
The Rams would save $7 million dollars in cap space by releasing Finnegan. Plus, there’s a chance that Finnegan could return to the Rams at a way cheaper price.