Cortland Finnegan's Holdout Adds Another Obstacle for the Tennessee Titans

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 21:  Cortland Finnegan #31 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after a defensive stop against the Houston Texans at LP Field on September 21, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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As if the lockout wasn't hard enough for Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, now he'll have to unexpectedly deal with one of his best defensive players holding out.

Cortland Finnegan left training camp Friday night to the surprise of the Titans organization, and phone calls have not been returned by Finnegan since that night.

The Titans already have plenty of challenges they're dealing with, including a holdout of their best offensive player in Chris Johnson.

Now their best player on each side of the ball is holding out, and that could mean disaster for a team that is widely regarded as being in rebuilding mode.

Finnegan has had a modest training camp so far, with nothing really standing out in his performance. He's basically just showed up to work and run through the motions.

He did appear to be in a good mood during Thursday evening's session.

This also comes as a major surprise considering Finnegan was so active during the lockout in organizing team activities, and he's never come off as a type of guy that is just about the dollar signs.

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Finnegan is a cornerstone of the Titans secondary along with Michael Griffin at safety, but Alterraun Verner held his own on the opposite side of Finnegan last season as a rookie.

It shouldn't be expected that this will drag into the regular season, but it's always concerning when key players are missing those valuable reps in practice.

Finnegan regressed a bit last season, finishing with just two interceptions and nine pass deflections. Those are both his lowest totals since 2007, when he became the full-time starter.

The regular season is just a month away, and if you're the Titans you want Finnegan's mind on football and not money.

The Titans do have decent depth at cornerback after signing veteran Frank Walker, but he in no way brings what Finnegan brings to the table.

There's also Jason McCourty, who is going into his third NFL season, all with the Titans.

However, the Titans are already down one cornerback after losing Ryan Mouton for the season earlier in training camp.

The Titans front office needs to figure this out fast, because the they can't afford to have this extended out through training camp and preseason.

It's not good for team morale, and it's not good for Finnegan's preparation to go against the likes of Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson and Roddy White this season.