Michael Griffin realizes he could be a cap casualty

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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.

18 responses to “Michael Griffin realizes he could be a cap casualty

  1. He can be good at times but mostly he’s average. He’s not worth that kind of money. Titans can find a younger player for less money and get the same or better performance.

  2. Tennessee obviously hasn’t been in the spotlight too much lately, but a couple of years ago when I saw him he played at a very high level. If he’s still got some juice left — and I think he’s only 28 or so — he would be if the Titans let him go.

  3. Or he could take a pay cut and keep his job since he’s not likely to get 8 mil next year from any other team either.

  4. Whereas Chris Johnson continues to be detriment to the team, Griffin played like his old self last year and was lighting people up. You do the math.

  5. R u kidding me!?! This guy has been playing his ass off since day one!! Only has missed one game since being drafted due to injury. Give him some decent players around him and he shines. Another thing is the titans put the franchise tag on him and he never complained, never talked of a hold out.. Nothing!! So the titans turned around and gave him a decent deal b4 the season, mainly because he acted professional about the situation and they knew what kind of player he is. I’ve meant this guy in person several times and he’s nothing but a class act! Plays hard every Sunday!! The titans will b stupid to let him go!!! He is worth the $$

  6. The titans need to keep their secondary the same. Keep Griffin, resign Pollard, and depending on what kind of $$ Verner wants try resigning him if he doesn’t want stupid $$. Use a high draft pick on a LB beings more than likely the titans r going to a 3-4 defense. Or get a OT and cut D.Stewart.

  7. Griff got a little/lot lucky with the timing of his contract…at the time the free agent market for safety was horrible and the Titans had too many other draft needs to worry about finding one there…he’s a good guy, but a very streaky player…not a vocal-type leader, but low-key and even-keeled…I’d miss him if he were gone, but he’s not worth that kind of loot either…

  8. I absolutely HATE the salary cap. Players move to a new city (sometimes a place where they’ve never been before), establish a life, buy a home, make friends, form an allegiance to a team, and then BAM! Trade, pay cut, or start over with a lesser team. It’s an insane way to establish parity and doesn’t respect the player or the fans of the game at all.

  9. If this guy can play at all, he is welcome in Chicago with open arms. Bears had the worst safeties in the league last year and it wasn’t even close.

  10. I never thought Griffin deserved that big contract in the first place. He’s not an impact guy you build a secondary around — he only plays to the level of his teammates rather than setting the bar for them. He looked better this year because they got solid play at corner and brought Pollard in to bring the emotional spark and leadership that Griffin lacks, and didn’t ask Griffin to do more than stay in that narrow box he likes best. But still….how can one guy get burned so often from biting on play action?

    I would rather they use the cap room to give Verner a decent deal at corner, or to extend Casey at DT.

    That said, they’ve been horrible at drafting safeties in recent years beyond Griffin and the cupboard is pretty bare in terms of younger talent. I hope the new regime does a better job developing guys at the position.

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