Originally posted by matt49er:
Some of you have been wondering about Aubrayo Franklin's contract status. Franklin is in the final year of his contract, and he does not seem to be interested in an extension. He wants to see what he can fetch on the open market. He picked a good game - national television - to have his first career interception. What are the 49ers' chances of re-signing him? Put it at 50-50 ...
-- Matt Barrows
That makes me nervous.....Franklin has been as good or better than every NT in the NFL this year. I want to keep him, continuity in the trenches is key to success and Franklins play this year is as important as any on the entire D this year.
I do believe the 9ers will get him back, I think alot has to do with the negotiations with the labor agreement. Franklin/Willis/Davis/Gore need to be extended ASAP.
Barrows' statement concerns me. However, I do think that Franklin's play improved immensely last year and this year he's at a Pro-Bowl caliber level. Our run defense needs
a dominant NT or it falls flat. He may not record great stats but his job is to plug the gap and force the run outside where he can be picked up. It's worked great for us this year, except for one game and that's because Chris Johnson has freakish speed on the corners.
On defense I want us to draft help in the secondary first. We've got to get some good safety help to stop the long passes. We also need some depth--the injuries this year are killing us in the secondary.