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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Cortland Finnegan might not fit with Cowboys

By Calvin Watkins

There are several players the Cowboys will be interested in once free agency starts March 13.

Cortland Finnegan
With Orlando Scandrick as the slot corner, the Cowboys may have no use for Cortland Finnegan (above).
Brandon Carr and Cortland Finnegan top the list for the Cowboys among the cornerbacks.

Finnegan expressed some displeasure Tuesday at not getting the franchise tag by the Tennessee Titans. It appears finances might be the reason why Finnegan isn't being sought by the Titans.

The Tennessean reported Finnegan is seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $48.5 million deal Jonathan Joseph signed with the Houston Texans last year.

But is Finnegan a fit with the Cowboys?

One AFC personnel man had this to say about Finnegan: "Better in the slot and an instinctive blitzer and tackler. He can mirror wide receivers in the slot. He can play outside but his size [5-10, 188 pounds] comes into play when he plays outside."

Said an NFC personnel man on Finnegan: "He can play outside corner but is probably better inside overall."

It seems the Cowboys want an outside cornerback to replace Terence Newman and continue using Orlando Scandrick as a slot corner. It doesn't make sense to have Finnegan and Scandrick on the roster if both play the same spot.

The Cowboys are not going to get rid of Scandrick since he just signed a contract extension last summer, but if they use Finnegan as an outside corner mainly, problems might exist.