There will be two former Salukis at the Cincinnati Bengals’ training camp this week, assuming Stephen Franklin passes his physical Wednesday.
Franklin, 22, a senior linebacker at Southern Illinois University last season, agreed to a preliminary contract with Cincinnati earlier today. Franklin said he was not sure about the exact details of the deal, but said he was scheduled to take a physical Wednesday, sign the contract, and begin training camp with the team Saturday at Georgetown (Ky.) College.
“Other teams had the opportunity to talk to me if they were interested. It didn’t happen that way, but Cincinnati decided to give me a shot, and I’m really thankful for them to give me a shot and show what I can do,” Franklin said.
Former Saluki cornerback Korey Lindsey was a late draft pick by the Bengals, and is also expected at camp this weekend.
Franklin, a 6-foot, 235-pound inside linebacker in SIU’s 3-4 scheme, led the Salukis with 76 tackles. The Kansas City, Mo., native had 34 solos, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception last year.
Cincinnati’s first preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 12 at Detroit.
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