Chargers release Orlando Franklin

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After spending a couple of draft picks on interior offensive linemen, the Chargers have decided to let a much more pricy veteran at the position go.

Per a league source, the Chargers have released guard Orlando Franklin. The move comes 17 days after they acquired guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeny in rounds two and three, respectively — and in the immediate aftermath of the Chargers getting a look at both players in rookie minicamp.

Franklin, after four years in Denver, signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract with the Chargers in 2015. He was due to make $6 million this year in L.A.

Of that total, $3.5 million is fully guaranteed. Given the offset obligation, the Chargers will get credit up to that amount based on what he receives elsewhere.

Franklin started all 16 games for the Chargers in 2016. Though he’s hitting the open market more than two months into the new league year, he likely will draw interest from multiple teams.

32 responses to “Chargers release Orlando Franklin

  1. I’ve sometimes thought about how much that would suck to be an older, well paid player watching the draft and seeing your team draft a young buck at your position. Much less two, in consecutive rounds. No matter how good you are, the gravy train always ends at some point.

  2. He was upset that Elway didn’t even make him an offer when he became a FA and ultimately signed with the Chargers. But Franklin is an above average lineman who can immediately start at Right Tackle. If Elway doesn’t bring him in for a visit it will be the first thing I’ve disagreed with that Elway’s done. We still need all the help we can get on the OL.

  3. Repeated concussions, starting in Denver, will also keep his market down. I expect teams like Seahawks will try for bargain price, and likely, he will shop for the ring potential as he knows its almost over.

  4. He’s slow and gets tossed around way too easily for a man his size. Granted he was never healthy in SD it seemed.

  5. I’ve sometimes thought about how much that would suck to be an older, well paid player watching the draft and seeing your team draft a young buck at your position.

    Have you ever thought about how sweet it would be to be 29 years old with the option to get paid $3,500,000 to sit at home?

  6. When I read this headline quickly, my first thought was that they meant CLIFFORD Franklin of the Washington Sentinels. But then I remembered that Shane Falco would *never* let that happen.

  7. He was serviceable when healthy. There are going to be o-line needy teams that may approach him, like Seattle, but ultimately he probably knows that he’s towards the end of his career and would want to sign with a contender so I don’t see him going there. Dallas might be in play, are looking to move Collins to RT and may need an experienced G while they find a long term replacement. Going to a real contender with a good QB and a strong running game along with one of the best o-lines in the NFL should be inciting for him if the opportunity presents itself.

  8. Rivers was hammered the last two years. Like “King’ Dunlap Franklin grabbed the money is departed and was a failed guard. When is Carson and Whiz gonna wake up and study some Patriot films showing how they protect Brady? So they will protect Rivers. Spanos has always gone on the cheap. Now he’s spending in an attempt to build Carson so he can sell it. They won’t establish a fan base in Carson with all the entertainment options available to residents. Hey..let’s go over to Carson and watch a game. They’re only $250 a seat! Yeah right.

  9. Interesting. They are basically putting Rivers behind a pair of rookies. That’s a lot of confidence in guys from rookie camp. They must of looked REALLY good in shorts and tank tops

    Franklin was overpaid, but that’s what happens when you add guys via FA, they are generally overpaid (you had to be the highest bidder, afterall). He’ll land somewhere else pretty quickly I’d think. Plenty of teams have needs at the position, and would like to add a quality vet…just not at that price

  10. Dumped a guy because two Rookies looked good in shorts over one weekend. No wonder Philip Rivers is always running for his life.

  11. Plenty of weak lines out there, he is far from out of opportunities but needs to shine in the next one to get back to serious money. Franklin may have been his own worst enemy by playing dinged up. If he can stay healthy he would be an upgrade for several teams. He’ll probably earn a middling base contract with a chance to make a bit of back with per game and/or snap count bonuses.

  12. He was upset that Elway didn’t even make him an offer when he became a FA and ultimately signed with the Chargers. But Franklin is an above average lineman who can immediately start at Right Tackle. If Elway doesn’t bring him in for a visit it will be the first thing I’ve disagreed with that Elway’s done. We still need all the help we can get on the OL.
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    Elway never looks backwards, only forward. For better or worse, Denver’s OL is set for 2017.

  13. “I’ve sometimes thought about how much that would suck to be an older, well paid player watching the draft and seeing your team draft a young buck at your position. Much less two, in consecutive rounds. No matter how good you are, the gravy train always ends at some point.”

    Yeah it sure sucks to make 3.5 million if you don’t play a snap this year. That’s as much as someone making 50k a year would make for 70 years labor.

    The ones that are smart hoard their NFL wealth for the time that comes after.

  14. Seattle likes used trash to protect their multi million dollar QB investment. Heck, if George Fant can start for Seattle, why not Orlando ‘Freeway Franklin’.

  15. pubesoap says:
    May 15, 2017 11:43 AM

    He’s slow and gets tossed around way too easily for a man his size. Granted he was never healthy in SD it seemed.

    ……………………….

    NO one was healthy in SD, what’s with their S&C dept.?

    Franklin did not have injury issues in Denver at RT or LG; Richesson is one of the best at helping guys stay healthy. Wouldn’t mind if Elway kicked the tires on Orlando again. He had that nasty attitude they want on OL. Most fans didn’t want him to leave; it was a matter of $$, not performance.

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