In a move that is destined to make San Fran fans (like our friend Sam Francisco from San Francisco) even happier about the team’s one-way free-agency door, nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin has bolted for the Bayou.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Franklin has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Saints.
As the free-agency market goes softer than a stick of butter on the dashboard of a car in Hell, look for more of these veteran players to sign one-year deals. Guys who aren’t getting paid what they want to get paid will want to get back on the market in 2012, when perhaps the benefit of a full offseason will result in more money coming their way.
Franklin was the Niners’ franchise player in 2010. The eight-year veteran started 60 games in four seasons with the 49ers. He spent his first four seasons as a backup in Baltimore.
A nose tackle in the 3-4, Franklin will now move to defensive tackle in the Saints’ 4-3 defense.