Moving on from Cortland Finnegan

Dilip Vishwanat

The St. Louis Rams decided that it was time to part ways with their veteran corner Cortland Finnegan. So now it's time for the Rams to decide what they will do to replace Finnegan.

The St. Louis Rams will be releasing veteran corner back Cortland Finnegan soon. Yes the prized player that head coach Jeff Fisher brought in when he joined the Rams. Finnegan was a feisty veteran that the Rams needed in their secondary, but last season which was the 2nd year of his 5 year deal, Finnegans' play diminished so bad that he was the second worst corner in the league, so in a smart move the Rams are moving on.

However to move on, the Rams will have to decide how they feel about their two third year corners, Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins. These two corners have had up and down careers so far, but they both have potential. Jenkins is the ball-hawking big play potential corner, however he does get beat more than people would like, and this year he didn't have the big plays to show for it. Johnson is a different story, he's not as big of a playmaker, but he's a solid coverage corner that can hold bigger receivers on the perimeter.

Getting a slot corner

The thing is both of these corners corners have primary played played on the outside, and Finnegan would play in the slot. So what I've been trying to get at is the Rams will have to decide if Johnson and Jenkins can get it done as outside corners. If the Rams decide that they can trust the corners on the outside, then the obvious answer is to draft a slot corner in the mid-rounds of the NFL Draft in May, like Lamarcus Joyner or someone of that ilk.

Grabbing an outside corner

If the Rams decide their corners aren't good enough, then more than likely Jenkins will move to the slot. The new corner and Johnson would hold down the outside receivers. This is what will happen if Fisher decides to sign a corner like former Tennessee Titans corner Alterraun Verner. Verner would more than likely command a 5 year, $50 million deal, like Finnegan did when the Rams signed him in free agency, which wouldn't be horrible since Verner is only 25.

Whichever direction the Rams choose, it will show us how they really feel about their current corps of corners.

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