Running back Chris Johnson isn’t the only $8 million man who could be on the outs in Tennessee.
Safety Michael Griffin has an $8 million cap number in 2014. He realizes that could be too high for the Titans to justify.
“I realize I count $8 million toward the salary cap, so I have to worry about myself,” Griffin said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “At the end of the day, I am questioning my fate. You have to ask yourself, do they think you are worth that? I hope so, but this is a business.”
Via Wyatt, new coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t asked about it during his introductory press conference. Wyatt also points out that new CEO Tommy Smith mentioned during the season that Griffin had played well.
The Titans could cut Griffin after June 1 (or designate him before that as a post-June 1 casualty), taking a $1.8 million cap charge in 2014 and $3.6 million in 2015. Or the Titans could dump him outright before June 1, taking a $5.4 million cap charge — but saving $8 million in cash — in 2014.
A first-round pick in 2007, Griffin signed his five-year, $35 million contract while subject to the franchise tag in 2012.