Seahawks nosing around Aubrayo Franklin
Well, Franklin is a free agent, and he visited the Seahawks on Tuesday, according to the report sent to all teams in the league, which notes free-agent visits.
It's an interesting possibility. Before free agency began, there was some talk the Seahawks might pursue Paul Soliai, a defensive tackle. On the face of things, that's a little puzzling.
After all, nosetackle is a valued position in the 3-4 scheme, which the Seahawks don't play.
That was Franklin's value to the 49ers two years ago, too. A 3-4 nose.
The fact Seattle might be interested underscores the flexibility of Seattle's defense, and the fact that it is not a conventional 4-3 defense.
How interested is Seattle? We'll have to see.
The Seahawks have been bargain-hunting on one-year deals for more than a week now. Franklin is 31, and Seattle has already spent a fair amount of money on its defensive line the past two years with long-term deals for Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant and short-term, healthy-salaried contracts for Alan Branch and Jason Jones.
Also, the Seahawks front office has quite a bit of familiarity with Franklin given Scott McLoughan's background with him. McLoughan -- a Seahawks executive -- was the 49ers GM when they acquired Franklin in 2007.