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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Oh, by the way: Aubrayo Franklin on way

By Mike Sando

Aubrayo Franklin must be the most overlooked franchise player in memory. Perhaps it's the anonymity that comes with his position, nose tackle, or the realization he would report at some point anyway.

News that Franklin plans to sign his tender and report to the San Francisco 49ers arms the team with its starting nose tackle, a big deal for a team running a 3-4 defense. Ricky Jean-Francois seems to have performed relatively well in Franklin's absence, gaining valuable experience.

There was little doubt about whether Franklin would sign. He had no other choice beyond sitting out the season and forgoing paychecks. That wasn't going to happen. Franklin made it clear the 49ers weren't going to have him in camp without giving him a long-term deal. Now that he's back, both sides can move on, focusing on the regular season (something the 49ers were doing anyway).