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Michael Griffin | Defensive Back

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
College: Texas
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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. Mar 8 - 11:12 AM

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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.
Feb 24 - 2:22 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.
Jan 14 - 2:06 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.
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

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