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ORIGINAL: Bill Jandro
Should we be interested in this guy?
Chargers release Orlando Franklin
Posted by Mike Florio on May 15, 2017, 10:54 AM EDT
After spending a couple of draft picks on interior offensive linemen, the Chargers have decided to let a much more pricy veteran at the position go.
Per a league source, the Chargers have released guard Orlando Franklin. The move comes 17 days after they acquired guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeny in rounds two and three, respectively — and in the immediate aftermath of the Chargers getting a look at both players in rookie minicamp.
Franklin, after four years in Denver, signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract with the Chargers in 2015. He was due to make $6 million this year in L.A.
Of that total, $3.5 million is fully guaranteed. Given the offset obligation, the Chargers will get credit up to that amount based on what he receives elsewhere.
Franklin started all 16 games for the Chargers in 2016. Though he’s hitting the open market more than two months into the new league year, he likely will draw interest from multiple teams.
1. The Chargers line was almost as atrocious as ours.
2. This guy got released over two unproven rookies.
I would be inclined to say no. How much can this guy help if he can't even get into a competition with two rookies for a spot on one of the worst Olines in the NFL?
I know we need Oline help ourselves, but that doesn't mean we take a flyer on every single guy that gets released.
I think it's more of a financial move by the Chargers vs he isn't that good.
Unsure of what kind of year he had last year but I'm sure he would be better than either rookie this season. but big picture wise they want to go with the rookies.
Its both. He's expensive and awful. He was a major part of them having the worst O-Line in football in 2015 and the 2nd worst last year.
Franklin signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract in 2015. He lasted just two seasons with the Chargers. Cutting ties saves L.A. $2.8 million against the cap, per OverTheCap.com, while leaving $4.8 million in dead money. The Chargers owed Franklin $3.5 million guaranteed this season, but decided swallowing that pill was worth it to move forward with younger options.
The 29-year-old is coming off two of the worst seasons of his six-year career. Often pushed into the backfield, Franklin was part of an injury-ravaged, disappointing offensive line that left Philip Rivers battered and opened few holes in the ground game. Pro Football Focus rated Franklin their No. 66 guard last season out of 72 qualifying players. Despite the struggles, expect the veteran to find a home before training camps open.