Franklin, who'd signed with the Saints on Thursday, was released Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Franklin was expected to give the Saints some flexibility along the offensive line with Terron Armstead (shoulder) and Max Unger (foot) tending to injuries. The 29-year-old veteran will now need to find a new home before the regular season.
Bowman (Achilles) indicated Friday that he has returned to full speed, 49ers' reporter Joe Fann reports.
Bowman played just four games last season before going down with an Achilles injury. His recovery has been remarkably fast, as he was able to participate in offseason workouts already in April. All accounts indicate he has returned to full health, and he figures to be in line for a big year anchoring the 49ers' defense at middle linebacker.
Franklin was released by the Chargers on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Franklin inked a five-year, $36.5 million deal with the Chargers back in 2015, but after seeing the team invest draft picks in younger, less expensive options, the 29-year-old has now been cut loose. Considering Franklin has started all 89 of his career appearances, the veteran is destined to land elsewhere ahead of training camp.
ESPN's Eric Williams projects Franklin at the starting left guard to open the season.
Franklin faces stiff competition from the likes of Max Tuerk, Donavon Clark and Dan Feeney, all players who are either in their first or second year of the NFL, so it makes sense the veteran would get the nod for now. However, should Franklin disappoint during training camp, don't be surprised if he gets a quick hook, as the Chargers have suggested a youth movement may be in the works along the offensive line.
Franklin will have competition for his starting job, Jack Wang of the Orange County Register reports.
Franklin hasn't quite lived up to the billing since joining the Chargers in 2015, as a handful of nagging injuries have kept the 29-year-old from seeing the field for portions of the last two seasons. Given the Chargers drafted two guards, Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the return of 2016 draftee Max Tuerk, who spent his entire rookie year recovering from an ACL injury, it appears the writing may be on the wall for Franklin, whose release could free up much -needed money for Los Angeles.
|4||10/1/17||@ MIA||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|14||12/7/17||@ ATL||8:25 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|