Chargers announce Orlando Franklin signing

SAN DIEGO -- Orlando Franklin officially became a member of the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday, the first day unrestricted free agents can sign with their new teams.

The Chargers announced that Franklin had agreed to a five-year deal. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Franklin's deal is $36.5 million over five years, including $20 million in guaranteed money.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Franklin is in San Diego to take his physical and sign his contract, and will play left guard next to left tackle King Dunlap.

The Chargers now have one of the biggest left sides of an offensive line in the NFL. Dunlap is listed at 6-9 and 330 pounds, while Franklin is listed at 6-7 and 320 pounds. The duo should form a power running side for whatever workhorse running back the Chargers settle on and offer stout pass protection for Philip Rivers.

According to Pro Football Focus, Franklin has allowed just three sacks over the past two seasons -- 35 games -- playing both tackle and guard in Denver. Over that span, he has allowed just 43 total pressures, or 1.2 per game. By comparison, D.J. Fluker allowed 47 total pressures across San Diego's 16-game season (2.9 per game) in 2014.

Franklin will wear No. 74.