LaCanfora reports there is no way a team still trying to build and with almost no cap room will pay Finnegan $6 million with a $10 million cap hit, especially at the end of his career. He says if Finnegan is designated a post-June 1 cut, the Rams save $9 million in cap space.
Finnegan appeared in just seven games in 2013 and finished with 27 tackles and one interception.
James Laurinaitis: Rams are a Top 5 defense
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/14/14) Now that the Rams have hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the expectations are he will help the unit become a Top 5 defense in 2014, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
At least one player is buying in.
"There are no excuses for this defense not to do that," middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "We're fired up ... it is a buy-in program. You're going to see a team working hard every day. There are absolutely no excuses. We need to be a Top 5 defensive team."
Alec Ogletree to increase sack total?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/9/14) With the Rams hiring Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator, the team likely will blitz more on third down, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That could mean more "pass-rush sorties" by linebacker Alec Ogletree, the report said.
Ogletree had 1.5 sacks during a fine rookie year in which he recorded 118 tackles, nine passes defensed, six forced fumbles and an interception.
Cortland Finnegan might have to take big pay cut
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/14/14) If the Rams want cornerback Cortland Finnegan back in 2014, it will almost certainly be at a significantly reduced price, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Finnegan is two years through a five-year, $50 million contract. He turns 30 next month.
Finnegan allowed three touchdown passes in the first four games this season before suffering a fractured orbital below his left eye. It appears surgery won't be necessary.
“That’s a bone issue,” general manager Les Snead told the paper. “As we all know with bones, only time can heal that. It’s not a major (injury) but because it’s up near your eye we’d better let this thing heal.”
If the Rams don't restructure his contract, Finnegan would count $10 million against the 2014 salary cap. That's way too much for a nickel corner.
Robert Quinn narrowly misses sack title
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/30/13) Rams defensive end Robert Quinn registered his sixth sack in the final three games Week 17 at Seattle, giving him 19 this season. He finished a half-sack behind Indianapolis' Robert Mathis for the NFL sack title.
Quinn was trying to become the first Ram to win the sack title since Kevin Carter (17) did it in 1999. Quinn heads to the Pro Bowl after a phenomenal season in which he had 57 tackles, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Quinn has virtually doubled his sack total every year, going from five to 10 1/2 to 19 this season.
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The Rams DST is overlooked playing in the same division as the Seahawks and 49ers, but they have been a Top 10 Fantasy unit for the past two years. In 2013, the Rams had 53 sacks, which ranked third in the NFL behind Carolina and Buffalo, with 14 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries, six defensive touchdowns and one safety. The fumble recoveries were tied for first in the NFL with Kansas City and the six touchdowns were tied for third with Dallas. St. Louis has a dynamic return man in Tavon Austin and the Rams have elite defenders in James Laurinaitis, Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Alec Ogletree and Janoris Jenkins. We like the Rams as a No. 1 Fantasy DST again this year and they are worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues.