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MIAMI -- Veteran cornerback and rookie negotiator Cortland Finnegan sealed a deal Friday with the Miami Dolphins. Representing himself in contract talks, the eight-year veteran found a new home after an injury-plagued 2013 with the St. Louis Rams. Finnegan, who has no agent, said he spoke with a lot of general managers and head coaches around the NFL, but his only free-agent visit was to Miami. "It was a great experience," he said. "If I was like four years in the league, it would be cool to have an agent. The older you, you can understand where your market value is." The Dolphins also signed another ex-Ram, guard Shelley Smith. He agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year deal, with $1.5 million guaranteed, then left town headed for his wedding. Smith reinforces a troubled offensive line that gave up a franchise-record 58 sacks last year. Four of the five starters have departed, including tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito, who were involved in the teams bullying scandal. Smith started eight games over the past two seasons for the Rams, including two last year. Finnegan, who was an All-Pro in 2008, started only five games last year, when he was sidelined by a hamstring injury and then an eye injury that required surgery. The Rams signed him to a $50 million, five-year contract in 2012 but recently released him, his career in apparent in decline. "You can never know how much a guy has left in the tank if hes injured," Finnegan said. "I was injured most of the year. Now its a clean slate. Im on a new team with great coaches, and Ive got to let my play do the talking." Finnegan is known for drawing flags and fines, a sensitive issue for the Dolphins after their experience with Incognito, who had a reputation for dirty play. "I play with an edge, and Ive learned to control that throughout the years," he said. "At the same time, I want to bring that same tenacity and spunk and everything I had that maybe I was missing. A lot of people said something was missing, and maybe thats what it was. You dont want to hurt the team, but you want to play with the edge that got you where youre at." General manager Dennis Hickey said the Dolphins like Finnegans zeal on the field. "He has been a tough playmaker over his career, with a veteran presence and leadership and love and passion for the game," Hickey said. Finnegan is expected to complete for playing time with Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, who saw little action as rookies last season. The Dolphins are looking for a starter opposite Brent Grimes, a Pro Bowl cornerback re-signed last week to a $32 million, four-year deal. "Grimes is one of the best in the NFL, in my opinion, if not the best," Finnegan said. "Im excited to play with him and learn from him." Grimes and Finnegan are both 5-foot-10. A native of Milton, Fla., Finnegan was a seventh-round draft pick with the Tennessee Titans, where he spent his first six NFL seasons. 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Both sides of the deal have formally announced acquisitions: TFC introduced Jozy Altidore as a designated player on Friday, while their counterparts announced a three-and-a-half-year deal with Jermain Defoe. Sunderland Sporting Director Lee Congerton confirmed no money was involved in a transfer fee and it was a straight transaction. ESPNs Marc Stein reported Friday morning that Altidores deal is believed to be in the $30 million range over a five-year term, making him one of the highest-paid American-born players in MLS. The team officially introduced Altidore at a Friday media conference, with the striker saying little beyond expressing his happiness over the move. I look forward to this challenge, he said. I’m committed long-term to making this franchise something special. Altidore - who scored just twice in 40 BPL games with Sunderland - said he looks forward to a chance to turn things around with his new club. Youre going to go through times when everythings not so great. I think in those times, how you react to those moments will define you. For me, obviously, it was very difficult for a lot of reasons on and off the field [during] my time in England, he explained. Now, I was faced with the opportunity of joining a franchise where I would have the opportunity to keep growing as a player and, obviously, to get better. That was the most important thing for me. Toronto gave me the opportunity and I took it with both hands. Despite his struggles in England, Altidore did score 12 goals in 24 international appearances with the U.S. team over the last two years. Toronto FC spoke glowingly of its 25-year-old addition. Jozy is a special player, and checks off all of the boxes that we look for in a player. We are excited to finalize this deal and bring him to Toronto FC,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “It became clear that a return for Jermain to the English Premier League was going to be in the best interests of both sides. We’d like to thank Jermain for his contributions to Toronto FC and wwish him well.dddddddddddd” TFC head coach Greg Vanney pointed out that Altidores age and desire to be part of the club were key factors in the transaction. “We got another DP who is in the prime of his career,” Vanney said, adding that Altidore has “a lot to prove, a lot to be a part of.” “He wants to be here for the long haul.” Bezbatchenko went out of his way Friday to thank TFC midfielder Michael Bradley - a teammate of Altidore’s on the U.S. national team – for playing a part in the move. “He played an important role in [this] acquisition,” Bezbatchenko said. Altidore began his MLS career after selection in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by the New York MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls). He scored 16 goals over two seasons, before the club transferred him Villarreal. He came to Sunderland in the summer of 2013 following stints with Spains Xerex CD, English side Hull City, Turkish club Buraspor, the Eredivises AZ Alkmaar. Altidore has earned 76 caps with the U.S. national team, scoring 25 goals and representing the Americans at both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. Sunderland, meanwhile, is pleased to be welcoming the 32-year-old Defoe back to Britains top flight. “I am thrilled that Jermain is a Sunderland player, said Black Cats head coach Gus Poyet. I know all about his attributes and his qualities first-hand and his exceptional goal-scoring record speaks for itself. He has something different, something special. Defoe, himself, expressed joy at returning home and getting another chance in the BPL. “It is a great club and I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters, he said Friday. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it.” Defoe scored 11 goals in 16 MLS games with TFC last season and makes his return to the Barclays Premiership where he has scored 123 league goals over 14 seasons with West Ham United, Portsmouth and two stints with Tottenham. He has also earned 55 caps for England, scoring 19 goals. He made an appearance for his nation at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Stitched NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Outlet Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys ' ' '

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