Tag:Michael Griffin
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:21 pm
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Safety Michael Griffin franchise tagged by Titans

Griffin, seen here tagging Lee Evans, got tagged himself on Monday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Tennessee Titans informed safety Michael Griffin that they would use their franchise tag on him, the team announced on Monday afternoon.

With the deadline for utilizing franchise tags (4 p.m. ET) fast approaching, the Titans faced a decision as to whether Griffin or cornerback Cortland Finnegan would receive the designation.

The team ultimately chose to tag Griffin, who will receive a guaranteed, one-year salary of $6.2 million if he signs his tender. Griffin's not always the most consistent player, but that's good value for a position that doesn't feature much available elite talent.

Griffin's the third safety to be tagged this offseason, with 49ers safety Dashon Goldson and Raiders safety Tyvon Branch already receiving the tag. (Keep up with all franchise tags by bookmarking our handy 2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker.)

Franchising Griffin means that Finnegan is likely to hit the open market; Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports that the Titans and Finnegan haven't had any serious talks about a long-term deal.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Report: Titans give GM Reinfeldt extension

Posted by Will Brinson

Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt's had some nice first-round draft picks in his time with Tennessee -- Chris Johnson, who you may have heard of, was a bit of a reach at the time, but has panned out pretty well for Nashville football. Michael Griffin's been superb, Kenny Britt is obviously talented (but troubled) and it's still early for Derrick Morgan.

But Reinfeldt's set to have, potentially, the biggest of his career coming on Thursday, April 28, when the Titans will select eighth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. But he'll make that pick with plenty of security because, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, the Titans gave him a "multiyear extension."

Wyatt points out that the extension was likely "in the works" during the 2010 season and that it's "believed to last through 2014," though the team wouldn't discuss the precise nature of the reported deal.

Tennessee clearly struggled in 2010, going 6-10, but it's hard not to respect Reinfeldt for keeping the Titans competitive over his tenure despite a nightmarish quarterback situation (Vince Young was drafted the year before he took over) and for navigating an even more awkward coaching change when the rift between Jeff Fisher and Bud Adams grew to an irreconcilable gap.

Adams clearly respects the work Reinfeldt's done, though, because he extended the time with which he'll be working in Tennessee -- how that time pans out may very well be determined by the first decision that Reinfeldt makes under his new deal.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 4:56 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Vince Young loses his job as starter

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Titans coach Jeff Fisher dropped a bomb following Tennessee's 19-16 overtime loss to the Redskins. He said, injury or not, QB Vince Young has lost his starting job.

Young injured his thumb during the game - Fisher said it was a flexor tendon problem and that Young might need surgery - and though he warmed up as if he was going back in, Fisher never reinserted him.

As the Tennessean writes, Young abruptly left the stadium immediately following the Titans 19-16 overtime loss, tossing his shoulder pads into the crowd before exiting the field.

After he changed into street clothes, he emerged from the locker room, and though safety Michael Griffin, clad only in shorts, ran after him, he couldn’t catch Young.

What happened there?

Said Fisher: "I really don't know because he left the stadium."

The reason this story is scary because of Young's past personal problems.

In Sept. 2008, Young disappeared for a few hours the day after he was booed by fans and tried to take himself out of a game against the Jaguars. Fisher urged him back in, but a few plays later, he injured his knee. The next day, Young was scheduled for an MRI, but he no-showed, and Fisher grew worried enough about Young's well being to call the police.  

Young's mother said then that he was "hurting inside and out" and that perhaps Young was considering giving up the game. Young's agent claimed then that the story about Young's possible emotional problems had been blown out of proportions, but still, that incident two years ago had to be in the back of some of his teammates' heads as Young walked out of the stadium.

So, how did Fisher feel about everything today?

According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean , he had "never seen Fisher so upset and willing to call out Vince Young."

UPDATED (5:26 p.m.): Some Fisher quotes from his post-game presser, via the Tennessean :

"Vince tore a flexor tendon in his thumb and I was not satisfied with his ability to control the ball so I stayed with Rusty (Smith)," Fisher said. "He never said to me he was OK and wanted to go back in, and I was told he was a little upset after, and I was also told he threw half his uniform in the stands.

"Clearly that is no way to respond, so we have some things we have to sort out with him. He may need surgery, and if that's the case, he is done for the year. If that's the case, Rusty is our guy."

UPDATED (7:23 p.m.): More info from the sources of Wyatt.

Apparently, there was a confrontation postgame between Young and Fisher. As Fisher gathered the team for the postgame talk, Young, who was dressing into street clothes, was muttering expletives. Fisher told him to pipe down, and as Young was set to leave the locker room, Fisher told him not to walk out on his teammates.

Young then informed the coach that he wasn't running out on his teammates. He was running out on Fisher.

That exchange almost certainly spells the end of Young's tenure in Tennessee.

UPDATED (7:29 p.m.): This just came across Vince Young's verified Twitter account.

"Just want to say I'm fine sorry to my teammates I just a cop ."

UPDATED (7:32 p.m.):
He also wrote that he "just want(s) to play."

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:32 pm
 

NFL hands out Player of Month awards for Oct.

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL has announced the Players of the Month for October. Here’s the rundown:

AFC Offensive Player: Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

For the month, completed 125 of 185 passes (67.6 percent) for an NFL-high (and NFL all-time record for month of October) 1,562 passing yards with eight touchdowns versus three interceptions. Had a 101.2 passer rating.

AFC Defensive Player: Michael Griffin, S, Titans

Led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL with four interceptions.

AFC Special Teams Player: Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins

Led the NFL with 13 field goals for the month, including a pair of five field goal games. Ironically, Carpenter’s special teams coach, John Bonamego, was also canned during this month.

NFC Offensive Player: Roddy White, WR, Falcons

29 receptions for an NFC-best 489 yards and three touchdowns in October as the Falcons went 3-1.

NFC Defensive Player: Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants

Led the NFL with seven sacks and six forced fumbles as the Giants posted a 4-0 record.

NFC Special Teams Player: Stefan Logan, KR/PR, Lions

Led the NFL with a 35.9-yard kick-return average and ranked third averaging 18.4 yards per punt return.

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