The 49ers last week placed the franchise tag on nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin. It wasn’t exactly a novel concept around the NFL, as three other teams had the same idea.
One of those teams, the Steelers, removed the tag from nose tackle Casey Hampton when they struck a deal on a reported three-year, $21 million contract that includes $11 million in guarantees and bonuses. Andrew Brandt of National Football Post writes the Hampton deal doesn’t do Franklin any favors.
Niners general manager Scot McCloughan said the team is continuing to work on a long-term agreement with
The 49ers have set aside $7.003 million to pay
After all, as has been noted, the club has several players nearing the ends of their contract who will likely command hefty salaries, such as Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Dashon Goldson and, perhaps, Alex Smith.
At any rate, here is how
Wilfork: Age 28, 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, 43 tackles, no sacks in 13 games/13 starts
Pickett: Age 30, 6-foot-2, 340 pounds, 33 tackles, no sacks in 13 games/9 starts
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