Goodbye Aubrayo Franklin, hello Phillip Davis

SANTA CLARA –

According to reports, former 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin signed with The New Orleans Saints this afternoon. The deal is for one season.

With Franklin out of the picture, the 49ers defensive line would appear to be set, barring injury. It is: Justin Smith at RDE, Isaac Sopoaga at NT, and Ray McDonlad at LDE.

The 49ers have the cap room to resign safety Dashon Goldon if they want to. If they don’t want to, they should be able to sign another pricey free agent, like cornerback Carlos Rogers.

But they may not want to sign any pricey free agent. They picked up a corner back from the bargain bin today, signing an undrafted rookie from Tulane today named Phillip Davis to a three-year deal. Although Davis was the co-leader in pass breakups for Conference USA last season with 12, he does not qualify as an impact signing.

Trent Baalke refuses to call this a rebuilding year, but if he signs no one of impact, what would you call it?

Practice starts in five minutes. I’ll keep you updated.

 

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