Finnegan claims his absence had nothing to do with contract

The short-lived absence from training camp by Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan was all one big misunderstanding as he paints it.

Naturally, it was the media who missed the story, Finnegan says on his Twitter account.

But the fact is the Titans cornerback bolted training camp on Friday after practice and no one knew why he was leaving, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. The team had been swapping contract proposals with Finnegan’s agent and was caught completely off guard by his exit.

“My absence had nothing to do with a holdout yet a personal matter that Titan officials were aware of,” Finnegan wrote on his Twitter account. “I am also thankful for my current contract and direction of team. It's obvious media had no idea of why my absence took place.

“I have spoken with coaches and teammates and will resume all things asked. Sad to see media made this out to be about money when I'm happy. With all that has been given so forgive me Nashville for media making it seem that way. Titans officials were aware of my absence but disappointed I was not there very different due to personal matters. I am human.”

The fact is Titans officials said on the record they had no idea where Finnegan was or why he left. Finnegan can draw this up any way he would like to. Now that he’s headed back to camp, hopefully both sides can get on the same page and get a deal done for him. Then, the team will only have one headache – holdout running back Chris Johnson.

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