As TitanInsider had speculated about for several weeks, the Tennessee Titans are likely to place the franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin as the deadline for such a move approaches today.
Griffin, the Titans' first-round pick in 2007, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent barring being tagged or being franchised. Talks this off-season have not produced anything close on an extension.
By franchising Griffin, it means the Titans are apparently prepared to let cornerback Cortland Finnegan walk away and test the free agent market.
Griffin has 17 interceptions during his five years with the Titans and is a two-time Pro Bowl player.
The move would guaranteed Griffin's base salary of $6.2 million for 2012 unless he and the Titans can negotiate a long-term extension between now and July 15.
Recently, Griffin said he would not be averse to having the tag placed on him in an appearance on 102.5 The Game.
“Would I be happy?” Griffin said. “Talking to my mother and coming from a great background, one of the best things she ever said was, ‘That’s a lot more money than you ever played for in any season you ever played. You can’t really be upset because you played for $3 million last year and you’d play for 6.2 million this year.’
“It’s a business. When you started to play this sport, it was a business first and playing was second,” Griffin said. “You have to honor your contract, and you’ve got play out your contract. That’s all you can really do. There’s not anything else you can do except to go out and do your job