Saturday, March 15, 2014
Morning Ram-blings: Finnegan to 'Phins
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- News came late Friday afternoon that former Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Finnegan, apparently, is pretty good as an agent as he quickly managed a deal with Miami while representing himself. At first blush, it looks like a good deal for the Rams. Yes, the Rams.
St. Louis has a vested interest in how the contract is shaped. When the Rams released Finnegan last week, the immediate cap savings was $4 million with the potential to increase another $3 million based on offset language having to do with a roster bonus Finnegan was due on the third day of the league year.
The structure of the contract is not yet known but it seems there's a possibility for the Rams to realize the full additional $3 million savings based on Finnegan's deal with Miami.
It's too soon to say for certain whether that will happen but, if nothing else, we at least know the possibility is there based on how quickly Finnegan was able to sign another deal.
A roundup of Friday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we took a closer look at the multiple sides of the Rodger Saffold drama, including some tweets from Saffold himself. ... Next, I stepped into the chat room to talk all things Rams for a couple hours with plenty to discuss. ... Finally, after Saffold's news conference, we discussed how it was Saffold's move to guard that really paved the way for his return.
At stltoday.com, columnist Joe Strauss writes that it's time for the Rams to produce.
Bernie Miklasz takes a look at some options for the Rams' second quarterback.
Jim Thomas has some notes on the Rams' interest in other veteran guards.
The Carolina Panthers signed Rams tight end Mike McNeill to a two-year deal, the team announced on its website.
Turf Show Times makes the case for why the Rams' slow-play approach to free agency was wise.