February 09, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have released safety Michael Griffin after nine seasons in their first step toward improving their secondary.

The Titans announced the move Tuesday.

A first-round draft pick in 2007 at No. 19 overall out of Texas, Griffin was a two-time Pro Bowl pick in 2008 and 2010 whose 141 games played tied Corey Graham of Buffalo for most games played by a safety between 2007 and 2015. Griffin had 25 interceptions and also became the fifth player in franchise history with 900 career tackles and the most by a safety.

Griffin wrote on Twitter that he knew his time would come.

He wrote, ''I cherished every minute of it. It's been real Tennessee. Thanks for everything. (hash)nextchapter.''

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