Franklin and Rogers: Should They Stay or Should They Go Now?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 02: Aubrayo Franklin #99 of the New Orleans Saints drinks water before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 2, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The Saints have some decisions to make regarding the interior of their defensive line this off-season. More specifically, regarding Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin, the two veteran free agent defensive tackles they signed to one-year deals last off-season.

I think it's safe to say neither player met the expectations we all had for them, particularly Franklin, who came to New Orleans highly touted. Was Gregg Williams' system simply too complicated for the first year players to pick up? Or have they just lost a step? Here are their 2011 stats:


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2011 - Shaun Rogers 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 8 21
Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2011 - Aubrayo Franklin 11 0 0 0 0 0 12 7 19

Now, they are free agents once again and the Saints must decide whether they want to keep one or both around, or let them walk.

Much of that decision presumably lies with what new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo expects from his defensive tackles and whether or not Rogers and Franklin can meet those expectations. Of course we're not privy to that information so we're left to speculate.

What do you guys think? Are Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers worth keeping around another year?

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