Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin visited Falcons

Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin during his stint with the 49ers. Paul Spinelli/The Associated Press

Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin during his stint with the 49ers. Paul Spinelli/The Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH – Veteran free-agent defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin visited the Falcons on Monday, according to his representatives.

Franklin, a nine-year veteran, has played with Baltimore (2003-06), San Francisco (2007-10) and last season with New Orleans. He was a fifth-round pick out of Tennessee in 2003 by the Ravens.

Franklin, 31, is 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds. He played for Falcons new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was San Francisco’s head coach from 2005-08.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Runner-

April 23rd, 2012
9:44 pm

[...] Franklin’s visit with the Falcons took place [...]

Dan

April 23rd, 2012
10:01 pm

YES! WE need a big DT

yellowfever

April 23rd, 2012
10:04 pm

looks like an injury waiting to happen, I say pass

Jesse

April 23rd, 2012
10:04 pm

Can you image being that wide?

yellowfever

April 23rd, 2012
10:05 pm

any stats on him other than being fat

Wow

April 23rd, 2012
10:07 pm

Works for me. Can’t be worse than that Peria Jerry sitting on the inside……..

Any words on Asante Samuel?

Might be a price tag outside our range.

why not

April 23rd, 2012
10:11 pm

Might as well get this guy. We could use him

nobody

April 23rd, 2012
10:20 pm

Im never one to complain about the good job y’all do at AJC but this article I am going to have to say something about. Can you please add a few stats next time? This article is only 7 lines long and I am sure 75% of fans will now be googling Franklin to find out more. Just a little Constructive Criticism. Thanks!

thejama

April 23rd, 2012
10:25 pm

Beefcake!!! We’ve needed someone to stuff the middle since Grady Jackson. If that person is not available in the draft then we gotta do what we gotta do.

Delbert D.

April 23rd, 2012
10:48 pm

Looks like his legs don’t bend inward at the knees. If that is so, sign the guy. Compare and contrast with Peria Jerry’s legs.

chalkdawg4

April 23rd, 2012
10:55 pm

Looks like some zazy reporting. Trying to get out the door, Hope she was worth it.

chalkdawg4

April 23rd, 2012
10:58 pm

Should I google the guy and give some basic facts??

Whopper Dawg

April 24th, 2012
12:03 am

Preparing for the 3 4. Cut Jerry, can’t afford to feed them both. Obviously, the Saints don’t want him, stack him right up with the guard and middle linebacker that were out of football last year.

TD’s new strategy is pulling off the scrap heap. Still like the Jones trade??????????

Najeh Davenpoop

April 24th, 2012
12:41 am

“Any words on Asante Samuel?

Might be a price tag outside our range.”

If you are talking about the price tag in terms of picks, it won’t be that high. A 4th or 5th rounder should get it done. But he will count $10 million against the cap this year, so if they get him they will probably have to cut Robinson and eat his salary or let Grimes walk.

Greg

April 24th, 2012
6:06 am

I like Whopper Dawg’s comment, although “scrap heap’ is maybe a bit harsh. Point is, why is he still around? Not a 4-star player, certainly, and someone they can get cheap (so about right for the Falcons, who have about a nickle and dime left for FA).

Little Richardd

April 24th, 2012
7:43 am

If we need a NT, let sign Big Arse, Bod’s brother! They are local and want to work. Bod Arse at CB and Big Arse at NT. Save the 10 mil and go green!

Khaos

April 24th, 2012
7:58 am

We’ll have to sign this guy to do the job Peria Jerry was drafted to do. I wanted Clay Matthews. Oh well…

Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

Tommy Maddox

April 24th, 2012
8:05 am

Perhaps Dimitroff et al are attempting to do what New England always does: find some good players coming to the end of their string, get a couple of productive years out of them, then let them go or retire. It works pretty well up there.

Sure, FAILCANTS, this is your silver bullet

April 24th, 2012
8:28 am

To a SB in…lmao…..a Saints reject….good luck…even with all the turmoil in the Saints organization, it is consoling to know the FAILCANTS are just naturally worse off…

Aints fan with a small fleur de lis

April 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Knowing my team cheats takes my mind off my “little” problem. But size isn’t everything, right, ladies?

Ladies…?

PMC

April 24th, 2012
9:11 am

The Falcons would have to let Grimes walk to bring in Asante. The D. Robinson deal is locked in, they just restructured his contract. They can’t afford to cut him this year or next year. He’s going to be here regardless.

PMC

April 24th, 2012
9:13 am

What’s interesting about that, is say they start talking about Asante without recinding the franchise tag (if they can even do that) Grimes can sign that deal any day and get his 10.5 or 11 million whatever it is this year.

PMC

April 24th, 2012
9:13 am

Me personally I like Grimes a lot. One of my favorites, but I’d like him better at about 7M this year.

PMC

April 24th, 2012
9:14 am

But to make this relevant to this blog. Abrayo Franklin would be HUGE.

dean

April 24th, 2012
9:14 am

Wanna read some funny stuff Falcons fans? Go to alphabet dot com, NFL, NFC South blog. SeenThisB4 is wailing about Roger Goodell having a snitch in NOLA. Wait until his QB heads out the backdoor.

falconfansinceprime

April 24th, 2012
9:21 am

falcons in discussions to trade for asante samuel

Larry

April 24th, 2012
9:21 am

Adam Schefter and 680 the fan reporting the Falcons are in negotiations for a trade for Samuel.

Get on it, D-Led!

[...] NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons are keeping themselves plenty busy on the free agency front, hosting defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin for a recent visit, according to D. Orlando [...]

coachx

April 24th, 2012
9:41 am

Nolan needs a 3-4 NT in order to run the multiple looks that he wants.

It would be a good move if he could give is 12 – 20 snaps a game in the 3-4.

The Falcons would not have to draft a NT and expect production right away.

Peters and Babbineaux are pro-type 4-3 DTs. Peters is tall and long enough to play DE in a 3-4.

WnE

April 24th, 2012
9:45 am

Yet more fallout from from the horrible Julio Jones draft trade!

A team that needs to build both the OL & DL and the 2ndary are now chasing 31-year olds like this Franklin and Assante Samuel.

That Julio Jones deal will be biting the Falcons in the @$$ for 2 or 3 more years.

E-Roll

April 24th, 2012
9:47 am

Najeh – Asante reps. have already contacted a few teams to work on restructuring his current contract so his cap hit will not be $10 mil for whomever trades for him. I am guessing it will be closer to $6.5 – $8 but we will still have to do something with Optimus Grimes.

dean – If you go to NOLA dot com SeenThisB4 is ranting on there also about the snitch. We need to find him and give him a group hug, lol.

Larry – Just saw the same report on ESPN as you referenced. Get Samuels and that 2nd round pick is looking oh so better because he would be better than a first round corner right now although he is 31 already.

Larry

April 24th, 2012
9:48 am

Asante is quoted as willing to restructure his contract and neither of this or next season’s remaining two years of his current contract are guaranteed.

Sign him and let the PW’d Grimes and his nutcase wife (ruler) go!

Najeh Davenpoop

April 24th, 2012
9:53 am

Adam Schefter tweets that the Falcons have started trade discussions for Samuel.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 24th, 2012
9:53 am

Never mind, I see I’m late to the party in posting that.

Larry

April 24th, 2012
9:55 am

Although 31 years old is not ideal, if he’s kept himself in good shape and we can get at least 2 or 3 more late prime years out of him–all coupled with his pro bowl talent level–I think it’s a good investment, especially considering the QB we will be facing this upcoming season: P Manning, Rivers, Newton twice, Brees twice, Freeman twice, RG III, Vick, Romo, and Stafford. OMG!

Still need to protect our QB and rush the opponent QB, however!

PMC

April 24th, 2012
10:11 am

How is this fallout from the Julio trade? I don’t get being upset with this right now. Are they perfect? No, but the OL was TERRIBLE last year. We basically played without a right guard all season and improved in explosive plays by 15 spots. With an ill fitting scheme for the talent in question!

This is about either negociating position with Brent Grimes or the new coaching staff’s scheme or not feeling all that confident that Chris Owens is in thier plans going forward or all of the above.

The Julio trade makes them more relevant like it or not. If the line ever provides good pass protection against a good team you’ll see that.

Jimmy Crack

April 24th, 2012
10:20 am

As long as we don’t have to pay him much AND it means we don’t have to use another top pick on a DT (see Peria), then welcome to Atlanta, Mr. Franklin.

As far as Samuel…once again, as long as we don’t have to give up draft picks (or totally screw up our cap space), then fine. We need 3 strong corners anyway since the new rules say that QBs and WRs, like Santiago, are not to be touched.

BamaGuy

April 24th, 2012
11:03 am

Ease up on the Julio trade crap…I guess that trade caused global warming, the stock market drop, and had something to do with the Kennedy Assasination? The Julio trade is one of the best things we ever did and to see that kid shine in year #1 when it normally takes 2 or 3 years before a WR develops in the NFL is proof of it…C’mon, get something new becaue Julio is the real deal and a #1 WR right now not down the road…I have had enough with the whining over this trade…Yes, we gave up some picks but we got a difference maker who is producing RIGHT NOW so lets admit that Julio has been everything that we could have dreamed of and those draft picks were not and are not certain to pan out…ie P. Jerry, J. Anderson, and don’t even get me started on the 2nd and 4th round picks that everyone seems to think we would have magically found starters in…I want to win now while we still have our core in place and obviously so does our GM and Owner…

Hamp

April 24th, 2012
11:04 am

I’m not sure if you can take back a franchise tag but, Whatever puts us in the best position to win. How old is grimes? Can we trade grimes for anything? How doest the samuels trade help us? If we can get him for 6.5-8 million what can we get grimes for longterm? I just want all this to at the end of the day make us better. I think with Nolan who had no named CBs and had a top 6 defense why sign grimes or go after samuels. Pass rush will cure a lot of the secondary problems and I think owens and walls are capable you got to develop them and what better way than trail by fire. Owens is inconsistant (SP) but will coaching fix that? These are questions that need to be answered I’m kinda scared of samuels becuase if you can get him for 6.5-8 you should be able to get grimes for the same unless he is greedy and think he is worth more like lofton. It seems lofton took less money from the saints and bad mouthed the team in a backhanded sort of way. He was bitter. Im rambling alittle but how in the grand scheme of things does samuels help the situation can someone help me?

Patrick

April 24th, 2012
11:12 am

Not sure how we can call Julio Jones trade Horrible its been a single year give it at least 2 years before we start having an issue with it. I wouldnt mind singing Franklin wouldnt hurt to see if he could replace Jerry. He is not going to cost much I would rather have Samuel than Grimes to be honest so let Grimes walk unless he changes his attitude. The way he handled the playoffs and not showing up to camp we dont need a mini Revis in our camp. I would be ok saying good bye to him.

Joe Tess Fish House

April 24th, 2012
11:19 am

More proff that Perrier Jerry is a bust when they have a nose tackel come in. Just remeber I told U all first he was a bust and U all laffed at me and called me names.

Now remeber I told U all that Rayn is a bust and so is Witherspoon cuz he is injruy prone.

jerseyfalcon

April 24th, 2012
11:54 am

Doesn’t Mike Nolan play man coverage? If so, why trade for samuels when he plays zone better than most other top corners? As far as Franklin…it’s just a thought process with the couches. Just because he played for Nolan years ago doesn’t mean much. Few months ago the Falcons were set to sign Channing Crowder…because he played for Nolan. Is he on the team?..no. He’s still retired. The speculation of signing a former Nolan player doesn’t mean anything. However, if Atlanta doesn’t pick up a def tackle that isn’t over 300 pounds..(Hicks from canada?) They might sign a “plugger” for the 3-4 set.

BamaGuy

April 24th, 2012
11:56 am

Joe Tess Fish House
April 24th, 2012
11:19 am

More proff that Perrier Jerry is a bust when they have a nose tackel come in. Just remeber I told U all first he was a bust and U all laffed at me and called me names.

Now remeber I told U all that Rayn is a bust and so is Witherspoon cuz he is injruy prone.

Straight from the Who Dat Nation?

Enkinan

April 24th, 2012
11:57 am

Could Grimes or Asante be put at Safety? Seems like Grimes would be a pick off machine sitting back there.

jerseyfalcon

April 24th, 2012
12:23 pm

a 5′9 180 pound safety…really?!?! IF the falcons get Samuels he’ll play nickel but you don’t pay a 3rd corner 10 million per year…

Bama Terd

April 24th, 2012
1:26 pm

Why do all Bama terds seem to know everything…especially this particular Bama Guy doofus!!!! Talk about arrogant opinionated pos!!!

Sid

April 24th, 2012
1:32 pm

He’ll be 32 before the first snap of the NFL season. The Aints let him go because of a subpar year. Has underachieved his entire NFL career. I say not, (I would put NO but too many would think I meant the Aints)

BamaGuy

April 24th, 2012
3:04 pm

Bama Terd
April 24th, 2012
1:26 pm

Why do all Bama terds seem to know everything…especially this particular Bama Guy doofus!!!! Talk about arrogant opinionated pos!!!

A jealous Dawg fan….the question is Why do you have Bama in your screen name? You just wish you had the success that we have enjoyed…Dream on…loser

BamaGuy

April 24th, 2012
3:19 pm

Also, instead of ripping us maybe you and the ones that have to tear us down to feel good about themselves need to start listening to the things Bama fans say and maybe even hope that your team patterns itself after a University that is dominating…Now, Back to the Falcons….