The Indianapolis Colts have signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin. The team also announced that exclusive rights free agent guard Joe Reitz has signed his tender.
“Aubrayo is a great fit for our team on many fronts,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He's an excellent run defender that plays with great technique and has played in the scheme for Greg Manusky in the past. We feel he is a veteran ‘pillar’ type addition that will bring a strong intangible package to the field and our locker room. We are all glad he is now a Colt and part of our team.”
Franklin, 6-1, 315 pounds, has appeared in 126 games, making 79 starts over his 10-year NFL career. He holds regular season totals of 431 tackles (230 solo), eight passes defensed, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Franklin played in 12 games (nine starts) with the San Diego Chargers in 2012 and totaled 23 tackles, including 19 solo stops. Prior to joining the Chargers, he played one season with the New Orleans Saints (2011) where he saw action in all 16 games for the fourth consecutive year and registered 31 tackles (13 solo).
Franklin spent four seasons (2007-2010) with the San Francisco 49ers where he competed in 62 games (60 starts) and tallied 312 tackles (163 solo), 3.0 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. He had one of his best seasons in 2009 when he posted career highs of 88 tackles (49 solo) and 2.0 sacks while recording his first career interception.
Franklin was originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft and spent four years with the team. With the Ravens, he appeared in 36 games (one start), making 65 tackles (35 solo), two passes defensed and 1.0 sack.
Reitz was originally acquired by the Colts from waivers on September 8, 2010 and has competed in 20 games (17 starts) throughout his two-year career.
In 2012, he started eight-of-nine games played and provided time for quarterback Andrew Luck to break the NFL rookie record for most passing yards in a single game in Week 9 against Miami (433). He also helped block for Luck to throw for 205 yards in Week 16 at Kansas City, which set a new NFL rookie record for passing yards in a season (4,374).
In 2011, Reitz competed in 11 games, including nine starts. He provided time for quarterback Curtis Painter to establish career highs in passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating at Tampa Bay in Week 4. He also helped open rushing lanes for running back Donald Brown to set a career-high with 161 rushing yards on 16 carries against Tennessee in Week 15.
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