James Franklin
QuarterbackQB
 Free Agent
Announces retirement
QBSaskatchewan
April 10, 2021
The Roughriders official Twitter account announced Friday that Franklin is retiring from football.
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Franklin is just 29 years old so his sudden retirement isn't likely as a result of his age. The CFL did recently delivered a proposal to the CFLPA in late March targeting an on-time start to the 2021 season but also requesting players to take a 20 percent pay cut if fans can't return to the stands. The players aren't making nearly enough money to be willing to accept a pay cut like that which is likely the reason why Franklin decided to retire. He had a pretty solid career in which he won the Grey Cup in 2015 while with Edmonton and combined to throw for 4,285 yards and 23 touchdowns to go against 16 interceptions on 303 passes during his time with Edmonton and Toronto. He was pretty mobile too, as ran for 593 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading the league with 14 rushing majors in 2018. He ended up signing with the Roughriders in 2020 but never played a snap for them after the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Sticking around for another year
QBSaskatchewan
January 12, 2021
Franklin signed a one-year extension with the Roughriders on Tuesday.
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Finds work in Saskatchewan
QBSaskatchewan
February 11, 2020
Franklin agreed Tuesday with the Roughriders on a one-year contract, Justin Dunk of 3DownNation.com reports.
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Released by Toronto
QBFree Agent
February 7, 2020
Franklin was released by the Argonauts on Friday.
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Scratched Saturday
QBToronto
October 26, 2019
Franklin will serve as the Argonauts' healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Redblacks, Tim Baines of Postmedia reports.
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Healthy scratch Friday
QBToronto
October 18, 2019
Franklin will serve as the Argonauts' healthy scratch for Friday's tilt versus the Alouettes, Matthew Scianitti of TSN reports.
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