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'Last Chance U' Star John Franklin III Signs Rookie Contract with Chicago Bears

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2018

BOCA RATON, FL - OCTOBER 21: John Franklin III #12 of the Florida Atlantic Owls runs for a touchdown against the North Texas Mean Green during fourth quarter action on October 21, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. FAU defeated North Texas 69-31. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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John Franklin III, who was featured on the Netflix show Last Chance U, agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears on Sunday.    

Franklin announced the news via Twitter:

John Franklin III @jf3_5

Chi Town for a new home 🤔. I love it 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

SB Nation's Alex Kirshner provided a few more details:

Alex Kirshner @alex_kirshner

The agent for Last Chance U’s John Franklin III says Franklin signed a rookie contract with the Bears as a DB/KR. Franklin worked out there this weekend. His camp had thought it had a deal with the Seahawks immediately following the draft, which I reported. He’s a Bear now.

College football fans became familiar with Franklin when Last Chance U followed East Mississippi Community College for the 2015 season.

He was the No. 23 junior college recruit in the 2016 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings, and signed with the Auburn Tigers. As a backup quarterback for Auburn, he ran for 430 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 204 yards and a score.

Franklin transferred to Florida Atlantic for his final season and moved to wide receiver. He caught seven passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

The fact that Franklin is shifting to a third position in as many seasons won't make his adjustment to the NFL any easier, but the Bears at least provided him with an opportunity to earn a roster spot at the next level.

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