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Saturday, December 2, 2017

DUNK: FRANKLIN DRAWING NFL INTEREST


Some 200 players are set to hit free agency in the CFL in February and that includes back-up quarterback James Franklin of the Edmonton Eskimos. The Missouri product dressed for all 18 games for Edmonton in 2017 however he only attempted 19 passes for 142 yards behind CFL Most Outstanding Player Mike Reilly.

However in his time, the 6'2", 230 lb pivot amassed a whopping efficiency rating of 125.3.

On his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Friday, CFL Insider Justin Dunk of 3DownNation.com said Franklin may top the list of available players this off-season.

"He's certaily the most talked-about free agent," Dunk asserted. "And he's probably one of - if not the most - highly-rated free agent on the list. There's a number of playmakers on all sides of the ball that are going to be available. Almost Calgary's entire secondary is due to become free along with pass rushers like Alex Bazzie and Jamar Westerman and DBs like T.J. Heath and Chris Randle. Look in Ottawa, Trevor Harris and Diontae are two young emerging stars who don't have new deals in place. There are a lot of players with star power who, if they change teams, have the ability to turn some franchises around."

It was reported on TSN's Grey Cup pregame show that Franklin has his eyes set on an NFL opportunity and Dunk feels that idea isn't farfetched.

"I think if you're a player, you have to be confident enough to believe you can make it down there," Dunk offered. "The toughest part for James Franklin is that there isn't a ton of film on him, particularly in 2017. I'm told there are NFL teams interested in working him out. There needs to be some details worked out around those workouts but there are at least a couple of NFL teams interested in taking a look at Franklin. It is legimate."

If there's a CFL team eyeing Franklin as a franchise saviour, his NFL aspirations could throw a wrench into their plans. If he advances through an NFL preseason before being released, he wouldn't become available until Labour Day weekend.

"Certainly," Dunk agreed. "Even if the NFL interest lingers into February or March, that could hold things up. If he goes down south and stays there until September, some teams are going to have to move onto Plan B."

Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones brought Franklin into the CFL while with the Eskimos in 2015.

RP
@rodpedersen

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Camp body or arm

Anonymous said...

If he does sign with anyone, he wants to sign for a year. So much for the next franchise QB.

Scott Thompson said...

The fact that he was talking to Warren Moon last off-season and only wanted to sign a league minimum one year salary tells me he will at least explore every NFL opportunity before committing to any CFL team long term. Also the fact that C.J. has already stated he wants Glenn back in some capacity next year also tells me that perhaps they will try and groom Brandon Bridge. Gonna be an interesting offseason. Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

actually the team that is in the worst shape QB wise is the Calgary stamps. They have a good starter but are deficient after that. They have no proven back up plan as that was proven near the end of the season with their Canadian back up who was a bust.

Anonymous said...

It will be back to turning over stones for Jones. Or even worse, another year with Kevin Glen and Brandon Bridge.

Anonymous said...

RP wrote, "Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones brought Franklin into the CFL while with the Eskimos in 2015."

Lets give credit where credit is due. I believe Ed Hurvey was Edmonton's GM at the time. Wouldn't he have brought Franklin into the league?

HCJ

Steve Borsa said...

Stamps QB. BLM contract to end 2018. Big question is what happens then? Huff cannot wait until the barn is burning to find replacement should BLM scoot south. Even for tryouts may take minimum 1 year most cases. Ditto Lions. Should Jennings tryouts with NFL leaves vulnerable Lulay. Not to mention the debacle in AlsMTL. So Riders look in good shape for QB (Bridges/Glenn) compared to other teams. (except Esks, WBB).

Anonymous said...

Bring back Durant to back-up Bridge seems to be the best Plan B if Franklin is not going to sign here. Durant is younger than Glen and also knows the MacAdoo offense.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Right. Like Durant would ever come back to play for Jones. Or Jones would even ask him to. Sorry. Those bridges were burned....with a lot of gas.

Anonymous said...

Bring Durant back?????? Are you the dumbest person alive?

A) he is under contract for STUPID money in Montreal.
B) he had no interest in playing for Jones as a starter let alone come as a backup
C) He is terrible.

Put the crack pipe away!

Anonymous said...

Give it up an Durant! He done like toast and may not even get an offer to play anywhere else. Anyway he is under contract to Montreal and they are in worse shape than the Riders at QB

Anonymous said...

Franklin has to be better than Kaepernick, I hope he makes NFL.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm he is now one of at least two or more in the CFL that apparently have program weights 6'2" 230 lbs. So since he has not won a Cup, played a full season as a starter, Warren can't advise him about signing for bottom dollar South, my goodness what happened to that good Canadian six figure and off field career prep.

Scott Thompson said...

I still can’t believe he’s out of work.

Anonymous said...

With the receiving core that the Riders enjoy, Darian Durant would be able to be a very effective QB again. He had too many mediocre receivers and some bad coaches. Riders would be wise to grab him if he should be cut by the Als.

Anonymous said...

Franklin was on the Esks list prior to Chris Jones, dropped when he was on the Detroit Lions roster, & then put on again later when Jones happened to be in Edmonton. Not surprising anyone who happened to land on the roster in 2014 & 2015 is credited to Jones by the Rider masses. Fact is 17 of the 24 starters on the 2015 GC team were also on the 2013 Eskimos. Jones inherited them. The current edition, 2 years after Jones, includes all-star Ladler & Zylstra, who were brought in after Jones left by Hervey. There are hardly any players left who came in Jones 2 years. A notable exception is Derel Walker. If anyone believes Walker was discovered by Jones, not Hervey, a former receiver who is very good at spotting talent, ESPECIALLY receivers, give your heads a shake. Brandon Zylstra, Duke Williams (715 yds 13 games), Bryant Mitchell (482 yds, 7 games) are all guys who came in after Jones & were on pace for at least 1000 yards. Bottom line, it is the GM who makes the final decision on cuts, not the coach. As Hufnagel says, I listen to all the input from coaches but I have the final say. Isn't it interesting that so many of the Eskimos who were there with Jones sign up again with Edmonton, not Sask. This Rider blog commented a few times about Grymes maybe going to the Riders - nope. Walker didn't follow Jones. His players liked him, yes. But it's a business. For everyone who thinks Franklin is going to the Riders keep in mind he wants to be a starter. As long as Bridge, Glenn & Adams are on the payroll, there are far better starting options for him. He's not stupid & he's going to get starting money somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Huh? you used your mug shot?

Anonymous said...

Neither Franklin or BO LEVI are good enough to make the NFL. Both can have fine, long CFL careers and there is nothing wrong in that.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy said Franklin to BC in his Friday snorefest. I can see it happening!

Anonymous said...

Crazy! Franklin backs up Reilly....who can’t make the nfl

He’s completed about 100 passes in three years

Yet this guy is the second coming!!

Guess that explains why I’m not a GM. I just don’t get it

Anonymous said...

Bring back Vince!!!

lee said...

No is not...no where enough tape on him