Niners Not Ready to Trust NT Aubrayo Franklin?

The 49ers are hesitant to entrust Aubrayo Franklin, a player who has struggled with his weight in the past, with a long-term deal. They note that he had his best season in 2009, the year before his contract expired and they worry that his performance will tail off when he is taken care of financially. The team figures the pressure of another one-year contract will bring the best out of Franklin this season.

Coach Mike Singletary struck the same tone this year about Franklin that he did last season about rookie Michael Crabtree, who missed all of training camp and the first third of the regular season. “I expect him to be here, but if he’s not, it is not going to be an issue with me,” he said of Franklin. “It’s going to be the same as I said last year. I’m going to focus on the guys that are here. I’m going to focus on what I can control.”

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