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Franklin given franchise tag

Updated: February 23, 2010, 7:43 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

After failing to lock Aubrayo Franklin into a long-term contract, the San Francisco 49ers notified the nose tackle on Tuesday that they are giving him the franchise tag.

Franklin joined New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork as the first two players to be given the franchise tag in 2010. Under the franchise tag, Franklin has a one-year guaranteed contract offer at $7.003 million. Any team wishing to sign him other than the 49ers would have to be willing to give up two ...

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