Michael Griffin told TitanInsider that he found out by email that he had been hit with the $6.2 million franchise tag on Monday.
“I got an email telling me I was franchised,” Griffin said of the news.
As for his reaction in that regard, to having the tender offer, the free safety said, “I don't know what to expect. I got an agent to deal with that, and that's his job,” referring to Ben Dogra, who represents him.
Griffin said it is too early for him to consider whether or not to hold out of off-season work with the Titans and sign the franchise tender closer to the start of the season.
“I don't know. That's his job,” Griffin said, referring to Dogra. “My goal is to be healthy and continue to get better.”
As for what his goals are in that regard, Griffin said he wanted to become more consistent. He pointed to having a seven-interception season in 2008 and four in 2010 but also having seasons of only one or two interceptions.
“My goal is to get better. In my second year, I set the bar pretty high with seven interceptions, and then I went from one to four to two,” Griffin said. “I've just got to get better, or more consistent if that's the way you want to put it.”
Griffin, a first-round pick by the Titans in 2007 and two-time Pro Bowl selection, has until July 16 to negotiate a long-term deal with the Titans or play for the franchise tender.
Griffin getting the franchise tag means that Cortland Finnegan will most assuredly test the free agent market next week when free agency opens March 13.
“With the Titans not franchising Cortland, it looks like Cortland is heading to the free agent market and that Cortland could be one of the most sought-after players available,” Finnegan's agent Terry Watson told TitanInsider.
Finnegan is believed to be seeking a deal worth about $50 million as the Titans have not increased a $28 million offer made last August.