The Tennessee Titans are likely to use the franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
A first-round pick out of Texas in 2007, Griffin has started 73 of 80 games during his five-year career, totaling 389 tackles, two quarterback sacks and 17 interceptions. Griffin went to the Pro Bowl after the 2008 and 2010 seasons.
Griffin earned $3.3105 million in base salary in 2011, which was the final year of his five-year, $13.35 million rookie contract. The franchise tag for safeties is projected to be worth $6.22 million in base salary in 2012, which would become fully guaranteed once signed.
Using the franchise tag on Griffin would mean cornerback Cortland Finnegan would likely hit the free agent market on March 13.