We reported earlier today that the Tennessee Titans would be using their franchise tag on cornerback Cortland Finnegan, which was tweeted by the NFL's Jason La Canfora. However, we are now hearing conflicting reports. According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Titans will not use the franchise tag on Finnegan.
Titans will not place their franchise tag on cornerback Cortland Finnegan, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
This is good news for cornerback-needy teams because the more top-notch cornerback talent that hits free agency, the cheaper getting a guy that can play will be. It's the law of supply and demand. However, the Falcons will be using the tag on Brent Grimes and the Raiders already used the tag on Tyvon Branch and the 49ers are still likely going to tag Dashon Goldson, so the market is still fairly thin.
For those of you who wanted the team to sign a top-notch corner to play opposite of Leon Hall for at least one year, it looks as though a top-notch corner could cost some top-notch cash. Now that the franchise tags are rolling in, we have to wonder if the Bengals will use theirs to keep Reggie Nelson from testing the market.