January 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (99) prior to kickoff of a game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers Sign DT Aubrayo Franklin

After the surprising release of Luis Castillo yesterday, the Chargers filled the hole with another defensive lineman by signing 6-1, 317 pound DT Aubrayo Franklin (Bill Johnston). Franklin recently played for the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers and will be another big boy that can rotate up front on the defensive line.

The Chargers already have Antonio Garay and Cam Thomas on the roster at defensive tackle and Franklin will add to that depth. Coach Pagano will have to find a way to rotate all these guys up front on the line.

Last season was disappointing for the defensive tackle after starting 10 games and collecting 19 tackles. He had 4 solid seasons in the middle with the 49ers before that. The 49ers were so impressed with his production in 2010 that they used the franchise tag on him.

Hopefully, he gains back the form that he had in San Francisco.

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