According to Ian Rapoport, the New Orleans Saints are adding offensive guard Orlando Franklin to the squad on a one-year deal. It was reported on Wednesday that Franklin was in for a visit after seeing the Jets on Tuesday. Rapoport added that the Saints ‘stepped up to the plate’ to make the deal happen.
Orlando Franklin has agreed to terms on a 1 year deal with the #Saints, source said— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2017
Franklin, the former second-rounder of the Broncos from 2011’s draft, turned 29 in December. He spent his first four seasons with the team, missing just one game (2013). He then landed with AFC West rival the Chargers on a 5-year, $36.5 million deal, missing six games in his first season but playing in all 16 last year. However, he’d be released in mid-May.
Franklin wasn’t spotted at practice on Thursday, but that should likely change for Friday’s session. With him projected as a left guard, this could mainly be a depth move, but if the Saints were to kick Andrus Peat out to left tackle, they could have Franklin fill at at left guard.