SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers had 79 players in camp Sunday for their first workout. Missing in action: nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, who has yet to sign his one-year tender of $7.003 million as the team’s franchise player.
Where is Franklin? No one knows, but head coach Mike Singletary said he has no concerns that Franklin is staying in shape.
“That’s the least of my concerns,” Singletary said. “In terms of being in shape, one thing he has done is do a really tremendous job in the offseason. He really is an example that all our D-linemen have learned from, our young guys, seeing the work that you have to put in to be a good football player.”
Franklin is seeking a new deal but isn’t considered a holdout because he’s not under contract. And although Singletary clearly wants everyone in camp, he has no argument with his player’s decision to stay home.
“Aubrayo has to do what he thinks is best for him,” Singletary said. “I’m not going to try and dictate one thing or another. I’m just going to let him do what he has to do, but at the same time, we’re going to do what we have to do as a football team. But we will not sit back and say, ‘Is he coming in today, is he coming in tomorrow?’”
Asked if Franklin risks losing his starting job if he arrives late, Singletary said, “We’ll have to wait until that (day) comes.”