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Griffin's contract takes away a potential distraction.
How a franchise treats its players is critical. A divided and distracted locker room is not good. Key players need to know that when it's their time, they will be taken care of with a new contract.
Every player signed to the franchise tag can be a distraction.
When a player gets the tag, it's usually not a cause for celebration. It's a lot of money to be sure, but there's no security in a one-year deal. The front office started working with Griffin's agent to make sure that he was set. Griffin was fantastic during the contract negotiations, continuing to work with the team. That showed leadership and he was rewarded with a five-year extension.
Rulon Webster and the front office had one major free-agent signing on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Now is time to look at the young players who are going to be core members of a team trying to become a perennial playoff contender.
Players nearing the end of their contracts are in line for extensions. Jason McCourty looks to be next. Jared Cook and Rob Bironas are two other key players whose deals expire at the end of 2012.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Titans are going to be a team that passes more than it runs. Adding Kendall Wright, a potential long-term replacement for Nate Washington who's pushing for immediate playing time, makes that clear.
Drafting Taylor Thompson, a huge tight end prospect who could combine with Jared Cook to make a frightening duo in the middle of the field, is another indicator. Thompson's done enough that the team let veteran Daniel Graham walk.