Aubrayo Franklin was a beast in the middle of the defense. He was the anchor that was needed on the defensive line, clogging up the middle and allowing his linebackers to make plays. He was perfect for the San Diego Chargers defense and that is the reason why the Bolts want to bring him back.
Aubrayo Franklin is one of the Chargers that will become a free agent at 1pm tomorrow. The team knows his impact and John Pagano knows how much that big body helps the defense.
If Franklin chose to join another club, the Chargers would only have Cam Thomas in the middle. Antonio Garay is still on the roster, but he is expected to be a cap casualty soon too. Garay would clear $5M in cap space when releases. He can’t be kept around for that type of money.
Franklin is not a big name that other teams will be rushing for, but teams that have a need for a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense will definitely have their eyes toward the veteran. Re-signing Franklin would be a nice step in the right direction for the defense. It will allow the youngsters Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget to get upfield and make more plays.