NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans outruns Michael Griffin #33 the Tennessee Titans for a touchdown during play at LP Field on October 23, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
NoMoreMustache linked to this in the fanshots yesterday, but I just could not let it go without a mention. Jeff Diamond, who was formerly the president of the Titans and still does some work on Nashville radio, wrote an article for SI.com suggesting that the Titans will franchise Michael Griffin:
The Titans have major potential free agents in the secondary with CB Cortland Finnegan and S Michael Griffin. Don't expect them to meet Finnegan's lofty demands, but they likely will franchise Griffin, then look for more secondary help.
Maybe Diamond knows something I don't, but I do not see any shot that the Titans would tag Griffin. At his best, Griffin might be one of the better safeties in the league. The problem is we have only seen him at his best in one of the five seasons he has been with the Titans. Franchising him at $6.2+ million (number per FO) would be the worst decision since franchising Bo Scaife.
This really seems like one of those times where the player just needs a change of scenery. For whatever reason, it really just has not worked out for Griffin in Tennessee. It is time for him and the franchise to move in a different direction.