The New Orleans Saints snatched up a proven run defender and captured another piece of the puzzle to strengthen their defensive front, by reaching an agreement with former 49ers defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin to a one year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The nine-year NFL veteran Franklin spent time in Baltimore with the Ravens and most recently he played four seasons in San Francisco with the 49ers. Last year Franklin started in 16 games, finishing the season with 38 tackles. He also is tied with Ndamukong Suh for second most stops against the run.
The defensive line of the Saints is in full beast mode. However, the talks about a dream team up in Philly is the one team everyone has their mind on to win it all.
At the same time the Saints have quietly created their own great moves this off-season, preparing them for their next Super Bowl run.
Franklin was one of the better 3-4 defensive nose tackles available on the market but he will fit perfectly in New Orleans. Some people may be surprised he settled for less to play for a contender, but he will work right in to the interior of the defense joined with Shaun Rogers and Sedrick Ellis of the Saints. The Saints needed a run stopper and that is exactly what they are getting in Franklin.
Other recent signings made by the Saints agreed to terms with tight-end Dave Thomas a six year veteran. Thomas brings to the Saints an ability to snatch 30 reception or more in a season with the ability to play full back to.
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