As expected, the San Francisco 49ers will use the franchise tag on nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the move is coming; the deadline is February 25. Per Schefter, the Niners are expected to work toward signing Franklin to another long-term deal.
He arrived in San Fran from Baltimore via free agency in 2007, reuniting with former 49ers coach Mike Nolan, who previously coordinated the Ravens’ defense. Franklin has developed into one of the best defensive tackles in the game, and the market for his services would be much greater this time around.
As Schefter points out, Franklin is one of three nose tackles who are expected to be slapped with the franchise tag — the others are Vince Wilfork of the Patriots and Casey Hampton of the Steelers.