Franz, a free agent from the University of Tulsa who previously had spent the 2002 training camp and preseason with the Packers, was placed on waivers in the team's final roster reduction for the regular season (Sept. 1) and spent the first week of the regular season on the team's practice squad before being waived. He later was re-signed to the active roster Oct. 12, the day before the New England game.
Acquired on waivers from the New York Jets July 18, 2002, the 6-foot, 194-pound Franz was originally was a fifth-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 2000. Waived during training camp, he subsequently signed with New Orleans and played in five regular-season games for the Saints before being waived Oct. 10, 2000. He later joined the Cleveland Browns as a free agent (Nov. 14) and played in two games. Released by Cleveland during training camp in 2001 (Aug. 3), he was out of football until being signed to the New York Jets' practice squad on Jan. 9, 2002. Allocated to the Scottish Claymores of the NFL Europe League last spring, he played in all 10 games during the league's '02 season, with four starts, registering 26 tackles and 8 passes defensed, along with one interception which he returned 33 yards for a touchdown.
Franz has been re-assigned jersey number 49.