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St. Louis Rams officially release CB Cortland Finnegan

Veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan knew he was going to have to take a pretty big pay cut to remain with the St. Louis Rams, and that wasn’t going to be the way things went down. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Rams have officially released the defensive back.

It looks as though the part will not be acrimonious, as Finnegan has tweeted a very classy farewell upon learning of his release.

The move will save the Rams about $7 million towards their salary cap, and will give Finnegan a chance to find a new home.

Finnegan never really lived up to the massive contract he signed with the Rams, staying with the team for only two seasons of his five-year $50 million deal. The 30-year old cornerback played in only seven games for the Rams last season.

A player of Finnegan’s experience should have no problems finding a new home before the season begins, and he could be a benefit to a team with some younger secondary members. Finnegan began his career with the Tennessee Titans, where he played from 2006-2011.

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