Franklin’s departure, which will create an additional $2.8 million in salary cap space, comes just two seasons into the five-year, $36.5-million deal he signed as a free agent in 2015.
Despite the guaranteed money still remaining on his initial contract, thus limiting the cap savings on his scheduled $7.6-million hit, the Chargers cut ties and presumably clear the way for the pair of intriguing rookies added in April’s draft.
Second-round pick Forrest Lamp and third-rounder Dan Feeney will have the chance to emerge as significant upgrades for a Chargers’ offensive line that has been an issue for each of the past few seasons.
Franklin will immediately become an unrestricted free agent and be given the opportunity to catch on with another team as OTAs around the league soon get underway.
The Chargers also announced the signing of veteran safety Tre Boston on a one-year contract.
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