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Titans officially place franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin

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The Tennessee Titans formally announced Monday that they have assigned the franchise tag to safety Michael Griffin, keeping him off the free agent market.

The cost of the safety tag is roughly $6.2 million.

Free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan is officially no longer eligible for the franchise tag. Per Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean, Finnegan will not be re-signed by the Titans and “he’s going to get paid elsewhere.” Chatter at last week’s NFL Scouting Combine suggested the Dallas Cowboys had strong interest in Finnegan.

As for Griffin, he plays a position at which the Titans have much less depth than cornerback. The Titans believe Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner give them a capable starting tandem. Chris Hawkins and Ryan Mouton will be in-house options to step up at nickel back.

Griffin will return as the starter at free safety, and the team is expected to re-sign free agent Jordan Babineaux to start at strong safety.

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6 Responses to “Titans officially place franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin”
  1. kwazulu50 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:58 PM

    I have to say the Titans are overpaying for an underperforming player. That being said, they probably saw the FA depth at safety and decided to lock in on Griffin. Hope this works out well for the Titans – Griff is notoriously inconsistent, and I hope he conquers his internal demons to have a great year and set himself up for a good contract. His performance is going to depend on how well the DL sets up to be.

  2. Nikhil Balakumar says: Mar 5, 2012 1:59 PM

    smart move, even though he isnt great he’s decent. and without decent safeties teams get lit up

  3. david7590 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:05 PM

    So the Titans don’t want Jim Wyatt on their team?

  4. gotitan says: Mar 5, 2012 2:09 PM

    Looks like nothing but a cheaper move for the Titans over Court which would have been closer to $10M….Good grief, another year of disappointment in The Factory of Sadness. At least on the defensive side of the ball when anyone goes long or over the middle…..He is by far the worst player on the Titans squad, practice or otherwise. #33needstogo.com sounds like a nice domain! Those who watch the games with me will see plenty of Burt Toast action as Griffin runs down the field attempting to catch the guy he missed on the play he misread. It could only be worse if they brought him back after being cut by every team in the NFL. Go Titans!

  5. kluuuuuuuuug says: Mar 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    I would think the Titans would look to Tommie Campbell before Hawkins or Mouton. Hell, Mouton may not even make the team.

  6. geo91 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:23 PM

    If Finnegan leaves town, Andre Johnson and Peyton/Luck just got a whole lot happier

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