The sorest spot of the Bolts’ 2014 campaign was the offensive line. Today, Tom Telesco has started to restore it by signing former Denver Bronco’s offensive tackle Orlando Franklin.
It was reported just a few days ago that Franklin planned to sign with San Diego, according to multiple sources. The signing has finally been made official. He reunites with head coach Mike McCoy, who was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator during his first two seasons.
Franklin (27) brings an incredible amount of talent to a diminished offensive line. He played right tackle his first three seasons with the Broncos, but was shifted to guard last year in order to adjust to recent team changes. Standing at 6,7” and weighing 320 pounds, he has the physical features needed to protect Philip Rivers. Franklin’s pass blocking efficiency rating was 98.6 which was 2nd highest of all guards in 2014. Furthermore, his abilities will also be utilized in the attempt to mend the run game.
In 2012, Franklin allowed the fewest sacks (3.5) in the NFL along with his 16-game starts. He has only missed one game of his four years in the league. It’s only right that he was brought in considering the Bolts are in desperate need of some consistency on the offensive front.
The exact contract details are unknown yet, but according to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union Tribune, Franklin’s contract is reported to be a 5-year, $20 million guaranteed deal. The longevity of the offensive line just vastly increased.
Franklin is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. When he was three he moved to Canada, but then moved to Florida during his junior year of high school. He attended and played football at the University of Miami where he obtained a few accolades including: 2010 UMiami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award and 2010 All-ACC Second team.
If this is what Tom Telesco can do in free agency with spending capability, all I can say is “wow”. Let’s not forget that Peyton Manning may need a new pair of pants after finding out he no longer has his stud pass protector. Let’s welcome Orlando Franklin to the San Diego Chargers.