Titans choose Michael Griffin over Cortland Finnegan for Franchise Tag

By Stephanie Umek

Earlier today the Titans tagged safety Mike Griffin to give the organization a bit more time with working out details on a long term contract. This of course helps him avoid free agency in the next week. However, that means that one of Tennessee’s biggest players is left still without a contract.

According to the NFL rules, Griffin is allowed to turn down the franchise tag offer and sign with another time. In doing so though, means that the Titans can receive two first round draft picks as compensation for losing him.

While playing in the NFL, Griffin has played in 80 games and was selected to go to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010. When selected in 2010, he was the starting safety for Tennessee and led the team with four interceptions. He had a career best of 15 stops in New York against the Giants. He was either tied or led the time six times in tackles.

He has a total of 487 tackles and 2 sacks. Only two fumbles and have grabbed the ball 17 times to complete interceptions. He has successfully recovered four balls for fumble recoveries and has returned 26 kickoffs for 597 yards.

In 2011 with the Titans, Griffin started all sixteen games and ranked third on the team with 96 tackles. Two of which were for yards lost. He forced one fumble and added one quarterback pressure.

This is a good move by the Titans, Griffin has only been in the league for five years, it’s nice to be able to structure a solid young player.

However it’s consistently worried that the Titans would not place the franchise tag on Cortland Finnegan when they are still way below the salary cap. Choosing Michael Griffin over Cortland Finnegan is harsh. The clock is ticking and if Tennessee and Cortland don’t come to an agreement soon, it’s going to be a tough year without him. Despite what healthy players may be coming back to the roster.


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