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James Franklin

Quarterback  Toronto Argonauts

Height:   6' 2''   Weight:   225

January 4, 2018    James Franklin News

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Franklin agreed to a two-year contract with the Argonauts on Thursday, Justin Dunk of 3downnation.com reports.

Franklin was dealt to Toronto in December, which gave the team exclusive rights to negotiate a deal with him until he hit the free-agent market Feb. 13. The Argos capitalized on the trade by locking up the 26-year-old through the 2019 season. During this past year, Franklin served as Mike Reilly's backup in Edmonton, throwing for 142 yards and two touchdowns in three appearances. Heading into next year, Franklin should be in the mix to challenge incumbent Ricky Ray for the starting gig, although Ray may decide to call it quits after 16 years in the league.

James Franklin: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

December 11, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

The Eskimos traded the rights to Franklin and a third-round pick to the Argonauts on Monday in exchange for offensive lineman Mason Woods, Justin Dunk of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Franklin is set to become a free agent Feb. 13, but as a result of the deal, the team will have exclusive negotiating rights up until that point. While the 26-year-old tossed just 19 passes last season while serving as Mike Reilly's backup, he's viewed as one of the more promising quarterbacks around the league. If he signs with the Argos before hitting free agency, that may signal the end of Ricky Ray's 16-year CFL career, as Franklin is a favorite to start under center wherever he winds up next year.

November 14, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Franklin took over at quarterback in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-21 win over the Tiger-Cats after Mike Reilly (upper body) was injured on a rushing attempt, completing two of four passes for 19 yards.

Reilly is expected to be fine for next Sunday's Eastern Final in Ottawa, so Franklin will likely return to the bench. If he does get the start though, he could be surprisingly productive given Edmonton's dangerous wide receiver corps.

July 7, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Franklin will serve as the Eskimos' backup quarterback in Friday's game against the Roughriders.

Franklin opened the season on the 1-game injured list, but he is back on the depth chart following the Eskimos' Week 2 bye. Don't expect him to see any action, however, unless starting quarterback Mike Reilly is forced to leave the game.

June 24, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Franklin was placed on the 1-game injured list Friday, Dave Campbell of 630 CHED reports.

It's not clear what type of setback Franklin is dealing with, but he was able to practice all week, so this decision may have more to do with performance than health. Franklin was on track to open the season as the Eskimos' backup quarterback behind Mike Reilly, but Thomas DeMarco will fill that role in Week 1.