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Michael Griffin | Defensive Back

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
College: Texas
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The Nashville Tennessean doesn't expect FS Michael Griffin to be a salary-cap casualty.
Cutting Griffin would create $6.2 million in real savings, and $8 million in cap space, but reporter Jim Wyatt believes his roster spot is "OK." Griffin missed the first two games of his career last season, but continued to play at an above-average level. Still only 29, Griffin should be back. He's signed through 2016. Feb 20 - 6:57 PM

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Titans FS Michael Griffin underwent offseason foot and knee operations.

The foot procedure was related to plantar fasciitis, while the knee surgery was just a simple injection. Griffin has just started running again. In a football-related note, Griffin says the new coaching staff informed him he'll be playing closer to the line of scrimmage in 2014. That may mean free agent SS Bernard Pollard won't be back. Griffin carries an $8 million cap number.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 5:52 PM

Titans FS Michael Griffin is unsure if he'll be back in 2014.

Griffin is coming off a solid season, finishing with 106 tackles and an interception in Tennessee's No. 11 ranked pass defense. He's currently set to count $8 million against the cap in 2014, so the Titans could look to part ways under a new coaching staff. George Wilson would serve as a capable in-house replacement if Griffin is released. Free agent SS Bernard Pollard is also questionable to be brought back this offseason.
Jan 17 - 6:04 PM

Titans FS Michael Griffin's one game suspension for violating the league's policy on player safety has been upheld.

"I am still confused on what other options I had as a defender but at the end of the day we must move on and focus on Indy," Griffin said in a Tuesday statement. "The team is more important than this matter. Let's not make it a distraction." It doesn't sound like Griffin has learned his lesson, but we digress. He'll be back for Week 14.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 07:21:00 PM

Titans FS Michael Griffin will appeal his one-game suspension for player safety violations.

Griffin knocked out Raiders rookie TE Mychal Rivera during Sunday's win over Oakland. The NFL will hear Griffin's appeal and decide its validity by Tuesday, in all likelihood. It's believed Griffin has four safety violations since 2009. Roger Goodell should not find it easy to let him off the hook.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 05:18:00 PM

NFL suspended Titans FS Michael Griffin one game for violating the league's policy on player safety.

Griffin put a vicious hit on Raiders TE Mychal Rivera in the end zone Sunday, and the league has labeled him a "repeat violator" of its player-safety policy. Griffin got off to a strong start this season, but has graded out negatively in Pro Football Focus' ratings each of the past two weeks. His play has slipped since he missed time with a quad injury. George Wilson should start in Griffin's absence against the Colts.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Titans FS Michael Griffin (quad) will return to game action in Week 10.

They face Jacksonville next. In a reversal from last season, Pro Football Focus has graded Griffin as a top-five safety in 2013, and particularly effective versus the run. Griffin has two forced fumbles and 39 tackles on the year.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Michael Griffin will focus on free safety this season after playing both spots for the Titans in 2012.

"My job is to be the angel in the sky," Griffin said. "My role is different now. I just got to watch film, watch the quarterback's eyes and go where the ball's thrown. And if it's a run or whatever, just cap it off. Makes my job much easier." IDP leaguers can usually count on 75-80 tackles and multiple interceptions per season from Griffin, who's well-suited for center field. Bernard Pollard and George Wilson are the top options at strong safety.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 03:15:00 PM

Michael Griffin and Bernard Pollard are penciled in as the Titans' starting safeties.

Free agent acquisition George Wilson will be Pollard's backup at the strong safety spot. There will also be schemes when all three are on the field together -- especially against two-tight end sets. Griffin won't come near the 108 tackles he recorded in 2010, but his IDP value comes in his play against the pass. The six-year veteran has 21 interceptions and 48 pass breakups in his career.
Wed, May 8, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Titans FS Michael Griffin will not be asked to restructure his contract.

The Titans had a five-day window after the Super Bowl to get out of Griffin's $4.5 million in guarantees, but will keep him on the roster as is. Coming off a hugely disappointing season, Griffin is entering only the second year of a five-year, $35 million pact. He'll have to be much better next season to have any shot at collecting his currently scheduled $6.2 million in 2014.
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 04:53:00 PM

The Titans have a five-day window after the Super Bowl to decide whether or not to retain FS Michael Griffin.

Griffin is due a $3.5 million guaranteed base salary along with a $1 million roster bonus if he is with the Titans five days after the season wraps up. Tennessee slapped the franchise tag on Griffin last offseason before ultimately coming to terms on a five-year, $35 million deal. In his first year of that deal, the soon-to-be 28-year-old graded out as Pro Football Focus' third-worst safety out of 86 qualifying players.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:20:00 PM

The Titans will continue to work Michael Griffin at strong safety and Robert Johnson at free safety.

Tennessee likes Johnson's range and play-making ability to go along with Griffin's athleticism and versatility. Jordan Babineaux will continue to work in as the third safety after leading the team in tackles in 2011. Griffin, admittedly, had an underwhelming game in Week 1 against the Patriots. It's an IDP situation to monitor.
Sat, Sep 15, 2012 01:50:00 PM

Titans signed franchise player FS Michael Griffin to a five-year, $35 million extension.

The deal includes $15 million guaranteed and should serve as template for Dashon Goldson and Tyvon Branch of the 49ers and Raiders respectively. Griffin ranks fourth among safeties with 17 interceptions over the past five years. For his efforts he's been twice selected to the Pro Bowl (2008, 2010). Griffin has played all 80 games, including 73 starts, since the Titans selected him with the 19th pick in the 2007 draft. He was due to earn $6.2 million under the franchise tag.
Tue, Jun 19, 2012 02:39:00 PM

Unsigned franchise player Michael Griffin has attended all of the Titans' voluntary OTAs.

Cortland Finnegan was the Titans' franchise player last year and voiced his displeasure about the lack of a long-term deal by skipping out on some workouts. Griffin is taking a different approach and appears content playing out 2012 on his $6.2 million tender.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 11:20:00 AM

Titans franchise player Michael Griffin does plan to participate in offseason workouts despite having yet to sign his franchise tender.

He'll sign an injury waiver that covers him in case he gets hurt. Griffin is holding out hope for a long-term extension, but aims to "assume more of a leadership role" following the departures of Cortland Finnegan and Chris Hope. Writers love covering for Saints franchise player Drew Brees, but he could be doing the same in New Orleans without a long-term deal.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 07:18:00 PM

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