Report: Niners will tag Franklin minus extension

The franchise tag for 2010 was put in play for teams last week and one team reportedly plans to put it to good use.

The San Francisco 49ers will place the tag on defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin if they cannot work out a longterm contract with him between now and the deadline to play tag – Feb. 25. That is the report of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who notes that Franklin could be just one of a couple players at the position who are tagged. He reports that soon you could add New England’s Vince Wilfork and/or Pittsburgh’s Casey Hampton to that list.

The nose tackle is one of the most difficult positions in the league to fill. Men who are big and strong enough to take on double teams, yet athletic enough to still play the game are a rare breed. The cost of tagging a tackle is $7 million, so the price will not deter teams from using it at all.

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