The New Orleans Saints break out into a rendition of “O, Canada” once again as they sign Canadian raised Orlando Franklin to a one-year deal. Franklin is a Jamaican-born professional football guard raised in Toronto who now plays for the New Orleans Saints. This veteran guard started all 16 games for the Chargers last year. Franklin’s release this offseason by the Chargers was seen as a cost-cutting move. But the truth may lie deeper than than. Prior to being on the Chargers roster, he was an offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos. With the Broncos, he excelled in their zone-blocking scheme; whereas the Chargers employ a power-gap scheme.
Orlando Franklin had his choice among many teams (visiting the Jets this week) but selected the New Orleans Saints for a one-year deal. Franklin has 89 starts since 2011 ( he was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft) and has experience at both there guard and tackle position. Expect to see Franklin at Saints practice on Friday. He is projected to play at the left guard position but there is a possibility he will rotate at the tackle position. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says his preference is to keep Andrus Peat at left guard.