Aubrayo Franklin: 4 Reasons San Francisco 49ers Must Re-Sign Nose Tackle

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Aubrayo Franklin: 4 Reasons San Francisco 49ers Must Re-Sign Nose Tackle
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When the lockout ends and the free agent floodgates finally open, 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin will test the open waters.

Despite a down year in 2010, Franklin figures to be a big fish in free agency given the lack of depth at NT across the NFL.

Franklin's drop in productivity and his high price tag have fueled speculation that the 49ers should let their former “franchise player” walk rather than sign him to a long-term deal.

I’m here to douse that ill-informed opinion, because keeping Franklin in the Red and Gold is the only way the dream of San Francisco having an elite defense can stay afloat.  

Here are four reasons that re-signing Aubrayo Franklin is a must for 2011.

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