No multi-year deal expected for Aubrayo Franklin

The deadline for longterm contracts to be worked out for players who have had the franchise tag placed on them is expected to come and go today without a deal for San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin.

Franklin has yet to sign the one-year offer that will guarantee him $7.003 million this season. The hope was he could land a multi-year deal with far more money guaranteed, but Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that won’t happen and he’ll prepare to become an unrestricted free agent after this season provided the Niners don’t place the tag on him again.

Franklin will not technically have to report for training camp until he has signed his tender. He can negotiate a one-year deal with the 49ers and he may look for a provision that would prevent them from tagging him again. It’s not uncommon for players who have been tagged and typically the player has to hit a minimum percentage of playing time to then ensure the team will not exercise the franchise tag on the player again.

For instance, when the Chicago Bears had Lance Briggs playing under the franchise tag in 2007, he had to be on the field for 85 percent of the defensive snaps to not be tagged again, a figure he hit. Stay tuned to see how this shakes out with Franklin, who like many other players is finding longterm security hard to come by this offseason.

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