Matt Maiocco reports via Twitter that 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin has signed his franchise tender. Franklin has stayed away from training camp hoping to work out a long-term contract extension. The seven-year veteran will now play under the $7 million franchise tag this season.
Coach Mike Singletary has said he is not worried about what kind of shape Franklin will be in, knowing the veteran will arrive ready to play football. Since joining the 49ersas a free agent before the 2007 season, Franklin (6-1, 334) has started 44 of 46 games, totaling 108 tackles, 3 quarterback sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and an interception.