Cortland Finnegan is not looking to retire anytime soon. The veteran cornerback is looking for a place to get him to retirement, though.
Finnegan has been public in recent days about the fact that the Tennessee Titans informed him that they won’t offer him a contract for 2012 or beyond. On Wednesday, he talked to ESPN 980 radio in Washington, D.C., about his time with the Titans and other matters.
“A little bit of me wanted to retire [in Nashville],” Finnegan said. “I definitely loved the community and my foundation is there, so that was a big part of my life there. But I understand there’s a business side to it as well.”
The six-year veteran and one-time Pro Bowler endorsed current head coach Mike Munchak and the prospects for the team’s future.
“It was a pleasure playing for coach Munchak,” Finnegan said. “Not only did he play the game at a high level but he’s a Hall of Famer so there was much respect for him. When he spoke, which was very few because he’s [an] offensive lineman, you definitely listened.
“He was a joy to play with, and it’s sad that I won’t be playing with him anymore. … He’s gonna do well there.”
Even as he looks ahead to a change in surroundings, he said made it clear that he expects to be the same type of player and person he was for the Titans, who drafted him in the seventh round out of Samford in 2006.
“You have to be a certain way on the field,” he said. “You have to play with intensity and love for the game and the things of that nature and you gotta know where to draw the line.
“But off the field when you take the helmet off, you’re a human, you have emotions and feelings, and I have passions and love. And that’s my foundation, in working with kids with special needs and disabilities. That’s just something I’ll always continue to do is just give back to the place that continues to show support and love for each other. Just gotta continue to do those good things.”
• Lights, camera … : Titans safety Jordan Babineaux is one of 20 current and former NFL players selected to take part in the first NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp next month at University City, Calif., the league announced Wednesday.
The program will offer participants an overview of various aspects of the filmmaking industry, including screen writing, directing producing and financing. Participants also will shoot, edit and produce a short film over the four days of the event.