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NFL Rumors: St. Louis Rams won't get compensatory pick for losing Cortland Finnegan


The St. Louis Rams lost cornerback Cortland Finnegan this offseason when he signed a deal with the Miami Dolphins, but all is not lost in St. Louis. The move the Rams made to allow Finengan to walk to the Dolphins is the type of deal that normally results in a compensatory pick heading the way of the team who lost their player, but that won’t be happening in this case.

According to ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner, the Rams will not be receiving a pick following the loss of Finnegan.

Instead, the Rams will receive their parting gift much sooner from Finnegan’s departure. Details of Finnegan’s two-year, $11 million deal came out Monday afternoon. The contract includes $5.5 million in guaranteed money including the entirety of his $3.5 million 2014 salary.

This almost seems to be better for the Rams as it provides them with some salary cap breathing room. The best compensatory pick the Rams could have gotten for Finnegan was a late third-round pick and that wouldn’t have come until 2015.

Instead, they get instant cap relief and that may end up being more valuable than whatever compensatory pick they would have gotten.

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  • ricdram

    The cap space from CF departure is a positive
    from a player that didn’t work out. If CF plays
    for the Dolphins like he did for the Rams in 2013, his career is over.Good luck to the Fish.

  • Joseph Devito

    What is the advantage of getting more cap space when they seem incapable of signing anyone. They have brought in a plethora of guys for visits. And all they do is come and go. We could have used Byrd or Ward or Schwartz or Verner or Britt and they struck out on all of them. Now they are looking at guys who are frankly pretty mediocre…Melton,Carrington,Spencer…and Fischer can’t even get them. Fischer and Snead have missed a golden opportunity to improve the team. Now they have only the draft and must get extremely lucky to address all the needs.