Titans, Griffin agree to $36m deal

The Tennessee Titans and safety Michael Griffin agreed to a five-year, $36 million deal.

The contract, according to a league source, includes a $9 million signing bonus and $15 million in total guaranteed money.

Griffin had been designated as the Titans franchise player back in March and agreed to sign a waiver to practice and play without signing the $6.2 million franchise tender.

It was something he never complained about, and it probably played a role in a deal getting done so smoothly.

"You know what? I handled it my way. I told my agent as soon as the off-season program started that I wanted to be here. I just asked him was there an injury clause or something I can sign that I can participate with my teammates," Griffin said. "That was all that was important to me, just to be here working out with the team. I’ve had a great time this off-season. Two more days, and then we all break. I can’t wait until training camp, just to get back around this group of guys. This is my job. This is like my family. So I just enjoy being around them".

Titans general manager Ruston Webster said Griffin is the type of player the team wanted to keep around long-term as part of its core group.

“The goal is to keep a core of talented young players together and let them grow and Griff fits in that group,” Webster said. “He showed a great deal of professionalism in how he dealt with this situation, and he is invested in making this team better.”

Griffin was the Titans' first-round draft pick in 2007, the first player ever selected by then-general manager Mike Reinfeldt.

Griffin has 17 career interceptions and has been to two Pro Bowls.

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