Aubrayo Franklin a no-show for start of 49ers camp

The San Francisco 49ers have opened training camp and as far as it goes for the whereabouts of nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, well, he’s not where the team was hoping he would be.

Franklin did not report this morning when veteran 49ers players were required to do so, but seeing as he has yet to sign the franchise tag tender the club made him, he’s not required to be anywhere and he’s not subject to discipline by the club for any time that is missed.

The 49ers have tagged him meaning a salary of $7.003 million will be guaranteed once he puts a pen to the contract. As Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports, it’s not a real surprise that Franklin is not in camp and the expectation is he will show up sooner or later. There is nothing alarming about the matter at this point.

It could be that Franklin isn’t interested in the grind of a Mike Singletary training camp, especially when he could be one productive season away from a lucrative longterm contract. So, maybe he wants to miss some hitting for the first few weeks and maybe even a preseason game or two before arriving. He certainly wouldn’t be the first player to take that approach. He just needs to hope there isn’t an Albert Haynesworth Conditioning Test when he arrives.

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