2012 NFL Free Agents: Cortland Finnegan and Tennessee Titans Talk, but Far Apart

Michael AmburgeyContributor IFebruary 20, 2012

CB Cortland Finnegan has been a game changer for Titans
CB Cortland Finnegan has been a game changer for TitansStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

It's no secret that the Tennessee Titans would like to keep CB Cortland Finnegan if the price is right.

This is no more apparent than with a call that took place Friday from the Titans front office to Finnegan's agent, Terry Watson. According to a league source, as quoted in a recent Detroit Free Press article, Finnegan is looking for a deal similar or beyond that of Texans CB Johnathan Joseph, who signed a five-year, $48.75 million contract last year.

With free agency just weeks away, Finnegan might indeed be taking plenty of offers around the league to see just how high his "value" really is.

While some fans and analysts have toyed with the notion of the Titans tagging Finnegan with the franchise tag, putting him in the top tier of cornerback salaries based off of last year with an increased threshold, that would put his single-year salary around $10.6 million.

Titans VP Vin Marino spoke with Watson this past week to keep the conversation and contract talks moving, but the sides still seem to be very far apart. “It is more of a wait-and-see situation, depending on how the conversation goes when we do meet at the combine,’’ Marino said.

Watson said in a recent Tennessean article, written by Jim Wyatt, “It is up to the Titans to be able to show Cortland what their mindset is, where things are."

Wyatt also reported in the same article that when Finnegan's agent was asked point-blank about what Cortland is looking for in the contract talks, and his reply was simply “...one that makes him one of the top-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.”

Terry also speaks to the fact that while the numbers aren't there right now, they will have to be in order to get something done, “and the only way that can be done is through the use of numbers composed in a contract of some sort. That, in essence, is where things are at this moment.”

With hefty deals laid out to cornerbacks last year, many with high guaranteed money upfront, it's certain that Cortland not only wants his deservedly big payday, but also a long-term five- to seven-year contract.

He has been a mainstay in the Titans organization as a sixth-year veteran, but also has a huge presence off the field with a local radio show and many fund-raising efforts as well.

As talks progress and free agency gets closer, there will certainly be more to report on these contract talks with Finnegan and the Tennessee Titans. Stay tuned for updates.