With $17 million dollars still left over in salary cap space, I wonder "Why didn't the Titans resign Finnegan before free agency?". I sort through all these mock drafts with the Titans picking Stephon Gilmore and Dre Kirkpatrick and try to think of how it came to this. The Titans could have kept one of the top ten cornerbacks in the NFL, a team leader and a model citizen but chose not to.
The first reason that comes to mind is that the Titans were going to jump in the Mario Williams sweepstakes when free agency started. However, Bud Adams had a different plan in mind. He wanted Peyton Manning, saying of the Super Bowl winning quarterback "He's our guy. I want him". Maybe the Titans were prepared to give Mario Williams a huge offer that wouldn't allow them to resign Finnegan at the same time. Initially, I the Titans seemed to be fine with Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty leading the cornerbacks with Ryan Mouton, Tommie Campbell, and Chris Hawkins fighting for the third spot, but talk of the Titans drafting a cornerback contradicts that notion.
My take is that instead of now scrambling to pick a corner in the draft, the Titans should have just resigned Finnegan. He's a great help to the team on and off the field and resigning him would have ultimately led to the Titans adressing other needs in the draft other than cornerback.
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