Don't shoot the messenger, folks.
Franklin helped anchor a 49ers defense that was strong against the run. His presence on the line made life easier for Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis.
I can see why the 49ers weren't willing to give a lucrative long-term deal to Franklin. No other team was apparently willing to give him one. That is telling. Unfortunately for San Francisco, the psychology at work in a situation such as this one often leads to a player's departure. If Franklin was going to show up for work after signing a disappointing deal, he was more apt to do so in another locker room. That is human nature.