The Green Bay Packers decided Johnathan Franklin’s NFL playing career was over earlier this offseason, but they’d like they’ll bring him back in another capacity at some point.
Franklin, who retired in June, showed up at practice on Monday. Coach Mike McCarthy then told the media that he envisioned Franklin working as either a coach or in the personnel department for the team.
“I hope so,” McCarthy said. “That’s probably something for a later date.”
The Packers actually did the same thing for 2005 second-round pick Terrence Murphy, who also suffered a career-ending neck injury during his rookie season. He served the 2007 season as a coaching intern.
The question is whether Franklin is even interested. He hasn’t said anything about the possibility. If you recall, after getting drafted, Franklin was all about getting into politics.
He first said he wanted to be mayor of Los Angeles, his hometown, and later proclaimed that he would one day be mayor of Green Bay.
Plenty of time to get involved in politics now. Where’s Jim Schmitt with an offer?