James Franklin getting attention from NFL teams

Prized pending free agent quarterback James Franklin is receiving attention from NFL teams.

Sources say there are at least a couple that would like to work him out. Some details need to be figured out around those workouts but NFL teams want to take a look at Franklin.

A few CFL teams inquired about trading for Franklin throughout 2017.

Over three seasons in Edmonton, Franklin completed 116-of-176 passes (66 completion rate) for 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns against one interception. He’s carried the ball 18 times for 145 yards and one touchdown. The 26-year-old’s last start came in 2016 when he lit up Toronto connecting on 18-of-23 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-17 Eskimos victory.

If NFL options become exhausted with no deal then as one CFL source put it: “He’s going to be the big fish in free agency.”

Franklin was originally added to the green and gold’s negotiation list while playing at the University of Missouri in the SEC. He was off for a little while when attending Detriot Lions training camp in 2014, but after sparse use the Eskimos readded him suspecting he could be let go and indeed that was the case. Then Franklin signed with Edmonton in April 2015.

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