Michael Griffin was released today after nine years in Tennessee. He was the team’s first round pick in 2007 and had been a starter ever since. Griffin went to two Pro Bowls in 2008 and 2010 but it was clear the last few seasons that his best days were behind him.
Griffin made the announcement on Twitter earlier this morning after meeting with head coach Mike Mularkey and new GM Jon Robinson.
I knew one day my time would come and I cherished every minute of it. It's been real Tennessee✌. Thanks for everything. #nextchapter
— Michael Griffin (@MikeGriff33) February 9, 2016
Titans coach Mike Mularkey issued a statement that is pretty much what every coach says when someone is released,
“I want to thank Griff for his time here with the organization. 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.”
Griffin was due $6.5 million in 2016 and wasn’t really worth all the money since the team is rebuilding. Marqueston Huff, will now likely become the starter unless the Titans pick a safety in the 2016 draft.
With Griffin now gone it opens up the possibility of the Titans drafting Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey is considered the best corner/safety in the 2016 draft. The former Florida State defensive back grew up in middle Tennessee and would be an easy sell to the fans as long as it’s not with the first pick..
The Titans are picking first in the 2016 NFL Draft but the rumor is that the team desperately wants to trade back into the top ten and get more picks. Ramsey is projected to go somewhere in the early to mid-first round. Tennessee has so many holes to fill drafting a safety overall probably isn’t the way to go. But if Jon Robinson can find a way to draft Ramsey, get another second round pick in the 2016 Draft in addition to another first round in 2017 trading down might not be a bad idea. Tennessee can work on shoring up the offensive line (Shon Coleman) and getting another running back (Derrick Henry) in the second round if they can come away with two picks.
Tennessee will have to find a trade partner first. With Cleveland likely picking a QB the Titans have to hope that another team will fall in love with Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, or Jared Goff at the Combine and want to leapfrog the Browns at #2.
We will have to see how it plays out at the Combine later this month.