As we get further removed from the Reinfeldt era of the Titans, it's pretty clear that the decision to reward Griffin with a big time contract is neck-and-neck with his decision to break the bank for Amano as one of his worst moves. After several seasons of an incredibly weak safety market, the 2013 FA market is teeming with viable, experienced options. We've already snagged one in George Wilson, and now the missing piece of the puzzle just hit the market:
The St. Louis Rams are releasing Quintin Mikell for no other reason than he was going to cost them too much against the salary cap, and he's 32. He hasn't slowed down, gotten injured or caused a mess off the field. It's just business.
Now, I know what many of you will say: a 32-year old Quintin Mikell is not a long-term solution at safety for the Titans.
Neither is Michael Griffin.
So why not jettison the defenses' most consistently underperforming player, even if it does cost you in dead money for the next several years? Griffin isn't a leader in the locker room, and he hasn't been consistently good on the field in several years. Continuing to pay him like an elite safety while better options are dropping in your lap is the embodiment of Escalation of Commitment.
When you throw good money after bad money, you lose. Not only are you wasting cap space, but you're also setting the level of expectations on the field at mediocre.
Landing Mikell and severing the Titans' ties with Griffin is a clear win for Ruston Webster, Jerry Gray and Titans fans everywhere.