NEWORLEANS-- The Saints have pulled off a free-agent upset and signed former 49ers defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin to a one-year contract, according to a league source.
Franklin, 6'1 an 317 pounds, was considered one of the top nose tackles on the market. While last year for the 49ers he had 39 tackles and no sacks, he was the anchor of a unit that allowed the fewest yards per carry -- 3.46 -- in the NFC.
The 49ers and Redskins had been linked to Franklin this offseason.
The terms of the deal have not been released.