David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin is expected to sign his franchise tender after Saturday’s third preseason game according to one team official. Franklin has recorded 291 tackles, four sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles in his seven-year NFL career, while with the Baltimore Ravens and 49ers.
If anyone has benefited from nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin’s refusal to sign his franchise-tag contract, it’s Ricky Jean Francois. If nothing else, Franklin now has a much-improved backup. “He’s been trying to fill some big shoes, but he’s doing one heck of a job,” Lawson said. “Now we can take the handcuffs off and stop giving him baby steps and let him out there and play.”