Originally posted by bret:
First of all, we haven't seen Jean in the regular season yet.
Secondly, it's not like we've got a lot of depth at the position. The emergence of Jean means we WILL have that depth finally. Do you really want to trade that away and see our season go down the drain due to an injury?!
Third, we'd have a hard time trading Franklin for a 2nd round pick at the end of the pre-season. He'd have to learn a new system on the fly. He might not make an impact on his new team for a month or more, and he'll be unrestricted next year, so why would a team make that commitment? I figure a 4th is about the best we could do.
And that brings me to my final point: we'll probably get a compensatory pick for losing him. If he signs a big deal somewhere, he's going to start. So the likelihood is we'll get a 3rd or a 4th anyway.
Right, we want to keep Franklin as long as we can, NT depth is not easy to find. I think RJF has been the MVP of the preseason so far, I think he'll replace Franklin as our starter pretty soon, but despite that optimistic prediction, I agree that its better to play it safe and keep both players this season. We want to win NOW, and an injury can derail a lot of things if we don't have depth.
And like Bret said, if/when Franklin leaves we will get pretty good compensation.