The Tennessee Titans have informed Michael Griffin that they will be using the franchise tag on him. It’s a pretty good deal for the Titans, with the tag being estimated at $6.2 million.
If Griffin can return to the Griffin of the past, the one who was pro bowl worthy, he should find himself earning a new contract. Even if he doesn’t, this is a lot less of a gamble then the Titans putting all their eggs in one basket, that basket being the hope for Mark Barron to fall to them at the 20th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Titans can now move their focus to the d-line, where they look to have almost no depth at DE as free agency approaches with all of the DE’s but Derrick Morgan set to be a free agent. You have to wonder how they expect to address that. Obviously Mario Williams would be a huge upgrade and bring stability to a line that had its’ worst production, possibly ever, this last year.
There’s a lot of doubt as to whether they’d be willing to spend that type of money and I seriously doubt they’ll bring him in, but a man can dream. Lions DE Cliff Avril is off the list, as the Lions marked him with the franchise tag today.
It’s starting to look like the Titans are almost certainly going to address DE with the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft… Now I’m nervous.
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