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Sam Franklin

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27 yrs


6'3'' / 210 lbs




Returns to Carolina

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-27

The Panthers re-signed Franklin to a one-year contract Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Franklin suited up for all 17 regular-season games with Carolina last season, finishing with 30 tackles (20 solo) and three passes defended, including an interception which he returned for a 99-yard touchdown against the Vikings in Week 4. He also played 310 snaps on special teams.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

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12 DEN Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth 1.535.53612150%000000undefinedundefined
15 PIT Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth -3.037.500000%000000undefinedundefined
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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

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Career Stats by Season: 2020 to 2022

2020 24 CAR 14 4 36 529th251714146%10110000
2021 25 CAR 16 0 27 622th152213160%10100000
2022 26 CAR 17 1 16 712th8816167%00000010

Plays all 17 games

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-15

Franklin finished the regular season with 30 tackles (20 solo) and three passes defended, including a 99-yard interception returned for a touchdown, in 17 games.

Franklin has played every game for the Panthers over the past two seasons. The highlight of his 2023 campaign was his long touchdown in Week 4, the first end-zone trip of his four-year career. Franklin will now become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Good to go Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Franklin (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Franklin was a limited participant in practice all week and will suit up Sunday. He's primarily served on special teams since Week 9 and has four tackles (three solo) over that six game span.

Set to start Week 8

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-29

Franklin is set to start at strong safety for Sunday's game against the Texans, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

The move comes with safeties Vonn Bell (quadriceps) and Alex Cook (coach's decision) both inactive for Sunday's contest. Franklin has 22 tackles in six games this season -- already surpassing his 20 tackles from last year -- and an interception return for a touchdown. He'll start at strong safety next to Xavier Woods.

Takes advantage of start

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-03

Franklin recorded four tackles (two solo) and returned an interception for a touchdown in Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Vikings.

Franklin received the start at free safety with Xavier Woods (hamstring) unable to play and took advantage of the opportunity. With the Vikings on the doorstep, the Temple product was able to pick off a pass intended for K.J. Osborn at the 1-yard line and take it 99 yards for the first score of the game. It was the 27-year-old's first interception of his career, as well as his first touchdown. With Woods still ailing and potentially facing a multi-week absence, Franklin may get the start again in Week 5 against the Lions.

Expected to start

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-01

Franklin should start Sunday against the Vikings, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Franklin will be the one to get the nod at free safety in place of Xavier Woods, who will be out with a hamstring injury. The Temple product ended up playing 53 defensive snaps against the Seahawks in Week 3, after Woods left with the injury, and recorded five tackles and a pass defended.

Staying in Carolina

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-04-25

Franklin signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Franklin was originally a restricted free agent, and now that he's signed his tender, the 27-year-old will be back in Carolina for the upcoming campaign. After going undrafted in 2020, he played primarily on special teams last season and logged 20 tackles (15 solo) in 17 games. Franklin should have a similar role and contribute on special teams during the 2023 campaign.

Tendered by Panthers

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-03-13

Franklin received the minimum restricted free-agent tender from the Panthers on Monday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.

This move gives the Panthers the ability to match any contract offered to Franklin. The linebacker-turned-safety is likely to return to Carolina in 2023, as Franklin's 67 tackles through 47 NFL games are unlikely to generate much buzz on the free-agent market.

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