Originally posted by 9erred:
This is why Josh Johnson was brought in to compete with Kaepernick and Tolzien. CK and Tolzien both will develop, but Harbaugh wants to create competition at every position. Brining in Franklin at NT for a vet minimum contract would create competition at NT. If you do not want competition at each position then you are a poster who is against what Baalke and Harbaugh are trying to do.
The comparison to J Johnson is not apt. Johnson and Harbaugh know each other and JH has respect for his game. If the 9ers had a lot of respect for Franklin's game they would have made a legitimate offer the first time around. I'm not sure which QB will be cut but there is legitimate competition and they are all young.
There is already competition at the DL position. If he can compete and be an asset that's fine but the idea he'll sign for the minimum seems unlikely. If he is smart he will wait until a team has a major injury to up his ante. My problem with having two aging NTs on the team is that a young guy needs to have a few years to learn and develop. I'm also having a hard time believing Franklin is significantly better than Ian or Ricky.