Eskimos QB James Franklin not a free agent after 2016 season

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback James Franklin is under contract for the 2017 season, per CFL sources.

The 25-year-old signed a three-year contract when he entered the league before the 2015 season and that deal still has one year to run.

There has been speculation that Franklin would become a free agent in February but those reports are erroneous.

Franklin completed 18-of-23 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns in Edmonton’s 41-17 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday. Starter Mike Reilly sat out as the game meant nothing to the Eskimos, who were locked in to the crossover spot and will travel to Hamilton for the East Semi-Final next Sunday.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders inquired about Franklin’s availability earlier this year. Multiple teams would likely be interested if the Eskimos decide to make him available via trade in the off-season.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.