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Michael Griffin | Defensive Back | #33

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
College: Texas
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (19) / TEN
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Vikings signed S Michael Griffin, formerly of the Titans, to a one-year, $3 million contract.
The Titans cut Griffin last month after nine years with the organization. Now 31, Griffin's play has slipped precipitously in center field, but will be teaming up with a legitimate defensive guru in coach Mike Zimmer. Griffin has also remained durable. At least for now, Andrew Sendejo looks to be the favorite to start opposite Harrison Smith, but beat writer Chris Tomasson expects Griffin to push for the No. 2 job. Mar 9 - 6:07 PM

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Titans released FS Michael Griffin.

The move is not surprising. A first-round pick by the Titans in 2007, Griffin is a two-time Pro Bowler and led the league in interceptions in 2008, but his play has been declining for several seasons. Griffin has been one of the NFL's most overpaid defensive backs for nearly a half-decade. The 31-year-old will struggle to get a long-term deal on the open market. The Titans saved $6.5 million against the cap by releasing Griffin.
Feb 9 - 12:20 PM

Titans declared FS Michael Griffin, CB Perrish Cox, QB Marcus Mariota, WR Harry Douglas, RB Terrance West, NT Sammie Hill, and OL Quinton Spain inactive for Week 7 against the Falcons.

The Titans will be without half their secondary with Griffin and Cox sidelined. Zach Mettenberger will start in place of Mariota, with Dorial Green-Beckham replacing Douglas in two-wide sets.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 11:32:00 AM

Titans FS Michael Griffin has been diagnosed with a sprained LCL.

Despite the Grade 2 sprain to his right knee, Griffin is hoping he doesn't miss any time. Daimion Stafford appears to be the next man up on the depth chart.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 03:26:00 PM

The Nashville Tennessean now calls FS Michael Griffin a "given" in the Titans' secondary this season.

Scheduled to count $8.1 million against the cap and coming off yet another down season, Griffin appeared to be a strong candidate for release. The Titans aren't desperate for cap space and have bigger things to worry about than Griffin, so it sounds like his spot is safe. Tennessee could use a safety next to him.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 11:12:00 AM

Titans FS Michael Griffin recently underwent knee surgery.

The exact nature of the procedure is unknown, though it's likely of the clean-up variety. The operation was delayed because Griffin was already recovering from shoulder surgery, and couldn't use crutches. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has hinted Griffin could miss the Titans' entire offseason program. Recovering from two surgeries, Griffin is due to count $8.1 million against the cap after struggling in 2014. Cutting him loose would clear $4.5 million in space.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 02:22:00 PM

Titans FS Michael Griffin underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum Tuesday.

Griffin missed just nine snaps all season and was in on the third-most defensive plays among safeties. He received negative marks across the board from Pro Football Focus, grading out as the site's 84th safety out of 88 qualifiers. There's a good chance the Titans release Griffin and his $8.1 million cap number this offseason, saving $4.5 million against the cap. He'll be sidelined 4-6 months.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 02:06:00 PM

FS Michael Griffin admits he may not be back with the Titans next season.

The big hitter was one of the worst safeties in the league this season, coming in 83-of-88 in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Six days shy of his 30th birthday, Griffin is due $6.3 million in 2015. It's an untenable number, but the Titans' front office is prone to terrible decisions. It's possible they'll keep Griffin because they like the "tone" he sets, or some other cliche. Griffin hinted he'd be open to a pay cut, but that he'd have to talk it over with his family.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:49:00 PM

Titans FS Michael Griffin left Sunday's Week 12 game at Philadelphia with a shoulder injury, but later returned.

Griffin was wailing in pain on the sideline after a play late in the second corner, suggesting his shoulder may have popped out of place. An already thin Titans secondary was lucky not to lose him.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 02:25:00 PM

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.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 06:57:00 PM

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
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 05:52:00 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.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 06:04:00 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

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