Price per head services learned that an official announcement isn’t expected to happen until after the new league year begins next week.
However, pay per head sportsbooks saw that earlier on Wednesday, Finnegan tweeted a thank you to St. Louis fans, which is an apparent nod that the player was notified about the move.
St.Louis thank you for your letting me play for a classy franchise and coach fish nothing but love thank you all. #Motivation @AdamSchefter
– Cortland Finnegan (@CortFinnegan) March 5, 2014
Pay per head sportsbooks remember when in 2012, Finnegan signed a $50 million, five-year contract with the team. On March 13, the player was due a $3 million roster bonus.
The Rams will have an instant $4 million savings of on the 2014 salary cap by releasing Finnegan.
If Finnegan signs a contract with another team worth $2 million, St. Louis would reap that same number in cap savings, up to a maximum of $3 million. For 2014, Finnegan’s cap number was set to come in at $10 million.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams are interested in re-signing the player at a reduced rate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Finnegan, who in 2007 was a seventh-round draft pick, struggled a lot in 2013 before fracturing an orbital bone in a game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 26, and pay per head sportsbooks remember very well when this took place. He tried to play through it but after appearing in seven games he landed on injured reserve.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that last month, general manager Les Snead and Fisher both indicated at the NFL scouting combine that Finnegan would return for 2014 in some form.
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“He overcame a difficult situation,” Fisher said. “I understand he’s healthy now. And so we expect him back in the offseason program.”