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Saints Release Veteran G Orlando Franklin

The New Orleans Saints officially released veteran G Orlando Franklin on Tuesday.

This is surprising, considering that the Saints just signed him to a contract last week. However, it appears as though they prefer their other offensive options.

Franklin, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Broncos. He finished playing out his four-year rookie contract with Denver and signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed with the Chargers back in 2015.

Franklin was set to make a base salary of $6 million for the 2017 season when the Chargers designated him as a post June-1 release. The Saints signed him to a contract last week.

In 2016, Franklin appeared in all 16 games for the Chargers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 66 guard out of 72 qualifying players.