NFL Nation: Corland Finnegan

Lloyd, Manningham and the WR market

March, 17, 2012
Brandon Lloyd's contract agreement with the New England Patriots makes official his long-anticipated departure from the St. Louis Rams.

Those wondering why the Rams did not name Lloyd their franchise player should know this: Lloyd is reportedly getting $4 million per year, less than half the $9.515 million price associated with the franchise tag for receivers this year.

The Rams and Lloyd valued one another less once Lloyd's preferred offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, left St. Louis for the Patriots following the 2011 regular season.

Lloyd visited the San Francisco 49ers before reaching agreement with New England, where he was expected to land all along.

The receiver market was already picked over heading into the weekend. The chart ranks by age receivers changing teams as unrestricted free agents this offseason.

New York Giants free agent Mario Manningham visited the 49ers and Rams. His agent was negotiating with the Rams on Saturday, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Manningham caught 39 passes for 523 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last season, with 10 starts. He played more games and had better numbers in each of the previous two seasons.

The Rams are seeking playmakers to help quarterback Sam Bradford, but so far in free agency, their additions have included a center (Scott Wells), a defensive tackle (Kendall Langford) and a cornerback (Cortland Finnegan).
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Jason and Devin McCourty don’t mind when people play the guessing game. Which twin is the Titans cornerback heading into his third season? Which is the Patriots cornerback coming off a Pro Bowl rookie season?

Have a look, take a guess, check the answer key at the end of the post.

Jason and Devin McCourty
Paul KuharskyJason and Devin McCourty visited the ESPN campus on Thursday. Can you tell which is which?
They’re running through the ESPN car wash today, with appearances on SportsCenter and NFL Live still to come. Talent producer Audrah Cates was kind enough to let me join the group for lunch.

Jason McCourty has spent some time in Nashville, working out with Cortland Finnegan and Chris Hope at Father Ryan High School and Vanderbilt. But recently he’s been back in New Jersey, training at Rutgers with his brother and some other former Scarlet Knights, including Jacksonville receiver Tiquan Underwood, while also spending time with his mom and catching some movies. (He really likes “The Lincoln Lawyer.”)

He introduced himself to Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and other members of the new coaching staff before the lockout, and talked with holdover defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson during the brief lockout pause.

Under new coaches, we have no idea how Tennessee’s new defense will sort out once we have football again.

McCourty was the third corner last year, replacing Alterraun Verner outside as Verner slid inside to play the nickel spot. The Titans appear pleased with Finnegan, Verner and Jason McCourty as their top three corners. In nine draft picks, the team only used the second of two seventh-rounders on a corner, Tommie Campbell out of California, Pa.

“I think we believe we can win with the guys we have, that it’s just a matter of coming together,” Jason McCourty said. “…I don’t know what my role will be. You know when you play football, everyone wants to start.

“Cort is definitely a proven player, a Pro Bowl guy. We’re all good corners, we’ll all do battle. Whoever the coaching staff feels are the necessary parts and where they place us, I’ll be cool with it. It’s just a matter of going out there and competing.”

That’s Jason is on the right, Devin is on the left.