The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent DT Aubrayo Franklin. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive VP/GM Mickey Loomis.
Franklin, an eight-year veteran defensive tackle, spent the last four seasons as an integral part of the defensive line for the San Francisco 49ers. Anchoring the middle of the 49ers defense, Franklin has garnered 312 tackles since 2007, playing a big role in a San Francisco run defense that has held opponents to 3.7 yards per carry, ranked fourth in the NFL. Originally a fifth round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, Franklin, 6-1, 317, has appeared in 98 career games with 61 starts, all but one taking place with the 49ers and has recorded 377 tackles (198 solo), four sacks, one interception, eight pass defenses, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
In 2010, Franklin started all 16 games for the second consecutive season at nose tackle and notched 86 tackles, the second-highest total of his career, also adding one pass defense and one fumble recovery. In 2009, the University of Tennessee product opened all 16 games for the first time in his career and recorded career-highs with 88 tackles, two sacks and one interception.