ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Tennessee Titans are likely to use their franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin. There’s been speculation as to whether they would tag Griffin or Cortland Finnegan, or just not use it at all. The safety tag is going to cost the Titans about $6.2 million, whereas a tag on Finnegan would have taken up over $10 million.
There’s no denying that Griffin has playmaking ability, but it will be interesting to see if he can keep it up consistently for a full season. This also changes perceptions in the direction that the Titans will go when draft day rolls around. With Griffin staying put, using a high draft pick on a safety seems very unlikely, so cross out Mark Barron as a first round option.
This news means that Finnegan is going to hit the open market. Alterraun Verner is going to take Finnegan’s spot as a starter come training camp. We’ll find out very soon once the season starts whether Finnegan’s potential loss will hurt this team more, or less, than expected.