The Tennessee Titans announced Tuesday that they’ve released veteran S Michael Griffin.
“I want to thank Griff for his time here with the organization,’’ Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “He was a leader who showed up to work every day in an effort to get better, and I appreciated his effort both on and off the field for this team. He touched a lot of people in this community and in our organization. I want to wish him the best, and I hope he will always be remembered as a great Titan.”
“We would like to thank Michael for all of his efforts and impact on the Titans during his nine seasons with our franchise,” said Titans General Manager Jon Robinson. “Michael’s reputation around the NFL is as a very durable player who always gives his best both on and off the field. His passion for the game of football, dating back to his college days at Texas, is also well-known, and we wish him all the best moving forward.”
Griffin, 31, was entering the final year of his five-year, $35 million contract that included $15 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $6.5 million for the 2016 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Griffin will free up $6.5 million in available cap space while creating $1.8 million in dead money.
In 2015, Griffin appeared in 15 games for the Titans and recorded 101 tackles, one sack, an interception, and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 77 safety out of 88 qualifying players.