The news of Aubrayo Franklin’s impending return likely means the end of Ricky Jean Francois’ intense run of playing time this offseason will be coming to an end. Of course, Franklin has to show he’s in game shape and ready to be the center of the defensive line. Until then, RJF can handle his business.
Since Franklin is only signed to a one-year deal, it will be interesting to see what the 49ers do with him and RJF in the offseason:
It remains to be seen if the 49ers and Franklin will work out a long term deal beyond this season. Given the emergence of RJF, the team might decide it’s comfortable turning the nose tackle reins over to him and letting Franklin walk. Of course, one offseason and training camp of solid work does not guarantee RJF is ready to take over the job on a full time basis. That’s a gamble the 49ers have to decide whether they’re willing to take.