The Detroit Lions have ended their kicking competition and settled on their draft pick.
Freese, out of Boston College, had been perfect on field goals during his final college season (20-of-20) but struggled intermittently during training camp, including a missed extra point against Oakland in the second preseason game. In that same game, he made a 55-yard field goal.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell continually called the competition close, but Freese spent the whole camp working with punter Sam Martin, who is also the team's holder.
Butler never really had a shot at making the roster, as Martin remains one of the top young punters in the league. Franklin was signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri but never really seemed to acclimate himself well to Detroit's offense.
Franklin did not take many snaps during practice and saw no action in the first three preseason games.
Cutting Franklin likely means Kellen Moore will see a lot of action during Detroit's preseason finale against Buffalo on Thursday.
These cuts leave Detroit's roster at 75 players, not including receiver TJ Jones, who was moved to the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Saturday. The team needs to get down to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday.