Lions release WR Will Franklin -- already

Friday, May 15, 2009

As earlier reported by Nate, the Lions today released former Mizzou and K.C. Chiefs WR Will Franklin, who they signed only a month ago. Sheesh, what's a guy got to do to fall out of favor that quick in May? The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune speculates that the Lions' stockpiling of receivers in free agency and the drafting of Derrick Williams is prompting the move. Franklin may not appreciate the timing -- four other teams had an interest in him when the Chiefs waived him: the Eagles, Colts, Raiders and Rams. All four since addressed their wide receiver needs in the draft.