The Carolina Panthers decided to add some depth to their secondary by signing cornerback Cortland Finnegan, according to the team's site. He was one of three cornerbacks the Panthers worked out on Friday. Finnegan will be entering his 10th year in the NFL after spending six years with the Tennessee Titans, two years with the St. Louis Rams and last year with the Miami Dolphins.
Finnegan's best years came in 2008 and 2009 when he had 10 interceptions, two touchdowns and 133 total tackles and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
The move to sign Finnegan is certainly in line with what general manager Dave Gettleman tries to do by finding veteran cornerbacks who are at the tail end of their careers. The past few seasons Gettleman has had some success with this strategy, like Drayton Florence and Charles Tillman, he has missed with players like Antoine Cason and Chris Houston.
The addition of Finnegan though has to raise some questions about how healthy Tillman is and if he may be out for an extended period of time. Charlotte Observer's Joe Person tweeted out that he believes he will miss the next few weeks.
If Finnegan is able to still play, which certainly is a big if for a player that has not done any organized football activity since last year, he provides the team with more flexibility in replacing Tillman. The past two games, the team has used Bene Benwikere on the outside with Colin Jones at the nickel. Jones has struggled at the position and the team now can place Finnegan there or move Benewikere back inside and have Finnegan on the outside.
It is worth watching just how much practice time Finnegan gets and if he can get up to speed enough to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.