Orlando Franklin Retires from NFL After 7 Seasons to Focus on Being Father

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Orlando Franklin #74 of the San Diego Chargers walks off the field after a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Former Washington Redskins offensive lineman Orlando Franklin announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday on his Instagram account.

"I've always looked forward to being a father and right now I'm not at my best because I can not be a good father here in DC while my wife and son have to be in Denver," Franklin wrote.

Franklin was released by the Redskins on Thursday after just one year with the team.

A second-round pick in the 2011 draft, Franklin started every game he played in his first six years in the league.

The 30-year-old spent his first four seasons with the Denver Broncos, helping the squad reach the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. He signed a five-year deal with the San Diego Chargers in 2015 but lasted only two seasons before being released.

Franklin signed with the New Orleans Saints and Redskins last year only to be released shortly thereafter. He appeared in just one game for Washington in 2017, and while he signed a futures contract in January, he didn't last too long.

While Franklin showed the versatility to succeed at tackle and guard, it might have been difficult for him to find a new home as a free agent.

Meanwhile, the veteran posted a picture of his son on March 31, and it's clear that took precedent in his life.


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