I really didn't like this signing when it first went down.
I still don't, especially since this signing pins the Dolphins into a corner (no pun intended).
The Dolphins signed Cortland Finnegan to a two-year, $11 million deal with $5.5 million guaranteed. You might recognize these numbers as the type you would pay a starter, something that Finnegan isn't supposed to be when you take into account his horrendously God-awful 2013.
Sports Illustrated gave the deal a D, and for good reason:
Well, this isn’t good. The Dolphins have proven in the last year that they have some serious gaps in their understanding of personnel, and even with a new general manager, that disconnect seems to still be in place. Finnegan’s tape matches his stats, which is not good. At this point in his career, he gets turned around by savvier route runners, and he gets flat-out owned by speed receivers outside and up the seam. It’s sad when a formerly great player loses it, but unless a miracle turnaround is on the horizon, the Dolphins made yet another highly curious move here.
Here's a look at what the Miami Dolphins could've had in lieu of Finnegan at cornerback, in terms of adding depth:
Nolan Carroll (two years, $3.65 million with $750,000 guaranteed)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (five years, $35 million with $13.9 million guaranteed)
Antonio Cromartie (one year, $3.25 million)
Dimitri Patterson (unsigned, but would've been inexpensive due to injury concerns)
I could go on with this list. One would make the argument that this deal with this player shows that the Dolphins are encouraged with last year's second-round pick Jamar Taylor, and from my view, it's a very valid point.
But if that's the case, why sign Finnegan to starters money instead of just re-signing Carroll?