Titans lock up Michael Griffin

The Tennessee Titans have hamnmered out a five-year, $36 million contract with safety Michael Griffin that includes $15 million in guaranteed money. Griffin had been designated as the Titans' franchise player, at a price tag of $6.2 million on a one-year tender.

"Michael is a talented and successful young player for us," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. "The goal is to keep a core of talented young players together and let them grow and Griff fits in that group. He showed a great deal of professionalism in how he dealt with this situation and he is invested in making this team better."

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Griffin has intercepted 17 career passes in five seasons. His interception total ranks fourth in the NFL among safeties over the last five years and first among safeties from his draft class.

Since joining the Titans, the former University of Texas standout has 80 or more tackles in each of the past four seasons.

Griffin had 96 tackles, two interceptions, six pass deflections and one forced fumbles.

Two seasons ago, he registered 153 tackles, four interceptions, 14 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and was named to the Pro Bowl.

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