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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Finnegan joins Johnson as holdout

By Paul Kuharsky

Cortland Finnegan has left the Titans in a contract dispute. I’ve confirmed Jason Cole’s report.

It’s an odd move that I don’t think anyone in the press anticipated. It’s unclear if or how much his agent had been talking to the Titans' front office.

Finnegan is heading into the final year of his deal and did not have a good season last year.

He was a seventh-round pick in 2006 out of Samford and got a new multiyear contract well ahead of schedule before the 2008 season. He was an All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2008. But his play has dropped off since then. His most notable moment last year was getting thumped by Andre Johnson in an in-game fight.

Finnegan was a primary organizer of player workouts during the lockout and spoke of what was at stake for him in the coming season.

His deal from 2008 was a four-year, $16.8 million contract with a $6 million signing bonus and $8.5 million guaranteed. He’s due a base salary of just under $3.3 million this season.

That seems like a fair number and with a big season he could set himself up for a big bump in a third contract.

He’s the team’s second holdout -- running back Chris Johnson has yet to report.

The Titans can fine Finnegan up to $30,000 a day for his absence.

The Titans are scheduled for a practice at LP Field this afternoon. Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty will likely work as the starting corners, with newcomer Frank Walker likely third.