According to Bill Williamson of ESPN, the Kansas City Chiefs have shown some interest in former 49ers and Saints DT Aubrayo Franklin.
Here is the dubious passage from Williamson:
There has been some interest. Franklin is a solid 3-4 nose tackle who can be a solid rotational player for the Chiefs. It is one of the team’s biggest needs and the Chiefs could do worse than Franklin.
There has been some interest, eh? From the Chiefs right? Or the fans? I dunno.
Whether Williamson has any info on this remains to be seen. Still, you have to think the Chiefs will take a look at Franklin. He has a pretty successful season in San Francisco playing NT in 2010. Last offseason, the Saints snagged Franklin in free agency to play DT in their 4-3. They also swiped Shaun Rogers, a player the Chiefs brought in for a visit. Rogers had played NT under Romeo Crennel in Cleveland.
Neither Rogers or Franklin had much success in New Orleans last season. Whether that was because they are in their early 30s and are nearing the end of their careers or simply because they weren’t good fits in the Saints’ system is hard to tell.
After last season Franklin could come at a value and we all know the Chiefs love values. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Chiefs hold off on inking another NT option until after the draft. They already have Powe and Gordon locked up. At this point it may serve them to head into the Draft to see if they can get a guy they like there first. Then, if the cards don’t fall in KC’s favor, they can make a play for one of the remaining FA possibilities. With his stick significantly lowered, Franklin very well could still be available come the first week of May.
What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs go after Franklin now or wait until after the Draft. Also, how do you interpret Williamson’s “report?”