The Tennessee Titans have officially placed the franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Using the tag on Griffin means cornerback Cortland Finnegan will likely his unrestricted free agency on March 13.
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.