The Titans are faced with replacing safety Michael Griffin, a two-time Pro Bowler who was released last week.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson said the team will consider all options, Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com reports.
“We have a lot of options,’’ Robinson said. “And there are certainly some guys on this football team that are capable of stepping in and we expect those guys to compete for that spot. And in free agency there’s some players, and in the draft, there’s some players. So there’s definitely several avenues we could go down.
“I don’t know if you ever fill a Michael Griffin or replace a Michael Griffin, you just hope somebody can pick up the torch and carry it like he did.”
Robinson didn’t discuss specific options outside the team. But he made it clear the Titans were thankful for Griffin’s contributions over the years. The Titans released Griffin early so he’d have a better chance to find a new home long before free agency begins in March.
“I know he’s been a Pro Bowl player here, a fixture in the community, he’s been a staple in that secondary for a lot of years,’’ Robinson said of Griffin. “It was certainly a tough decision, one that Mike (Mularkey) and I talked about extensively.
“In the end it was a decision we felt was best for the team, and in talking to Michael we felt it was only fair to him, although hard to swallow, teams are going to start filling their rosters in March and obviously April with the draft. For what he has done for this team and this community, we wanted to do what’s fair for him and his family, to give him a chance to have 31 other teams evaluate him and try to work on something for him, so he has a chance to continue his career. We didn’t feel it was fair for him to let that go later on.”