Cortland Finnegan, who may go down as one of the most underrated cornerbacks of the "shutdown" era, could be calling it quits after nine solid NFL seasons.
In an interview with The Miami Herald, the 30-year-old acknowledged the business side of his arrangement in Miami and hinted about the possibility of walking away.
"I would love to come back, but I understand the business side of it too," Finnegan told The Herald, while adding that he'll definitely play on Sunday against the Patriots, his first action in roughly a month. "If you have to walk away from it and it's no more, I can't be mad. I've accomplished every individual goal I want to."
Though he might be best remembered for his on-field physicality, a moment that manifested itself in a fist fight with Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson back in 2010, Finnegan should be credited for his work as a mentor to some young talent in St. Louis and Miami. There was a second, much quieter act during his career.
This is why it's not surprising that he seems relaxed with the possibility of playing this season out and then walking away.
"That's one of those things I tell all of these guys," he said. "When you get a chance to do something that you love, and at some point you can just leave on your own terms, it's really fulfilling. I won't look back at my life or my career and be like, 'Ah, I miss this,' because I've done it long enough."