Would Cortland Finnegan be an upgrade for the Lions’ secondary? Of course.
Is there a positive connection between him and Jim Schwartz? Yep.
Is he a fit? Absolutely.
But here’s the rub — how in the world will the Lions be able to afford him? I have seen reports where he will be seeking Jonathan Joseph money, which is a four-year deal pushing $50 million. That’s probably a deal-breaker for the Lions. I mean, Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand are shrewd operators, but they are probably over the cap right now — before signing Cliff Avril, Stephen Tulloch or restructuring and extending Calvin Johnson.
It seems a bit far-fetched to expect them to clear an additional $10 million per year for Finnegan.
I don’t think $10 million a year is realistic for Finnegan. But I know for sure he will command more than the Lions paid for Chris Houston and Eric Wright last offseason.
Stranger things have happened, certainly. But it would be a major coup if the Lions were to able to pull this off and land Finnegan.