Franks close to signing with Jets

Veteran tight end was released by Packers in February

Former Packers tight end Bubba Franks is close to signing with the New York Jets, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Franks was released by Green Bay in February after eight seasons in Green Bay.

"The Jets, determined to improve upon last season's 4-12 debacle, are continuing one of their busiest offseasons and are close to signing three-time Pro Bowl tight end Bubba Franks, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations," wrote Dave Hutchinson in the Newark Star-Ledger. "Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing. An official announcement could come as early as tomorrow, when the Jets begin their offseason (conditioning) program."

The Jets have been seeking a tight end to play opposite Chris Baker in two-tight end sets. A three-time Pro Bowler, Franks remains a strong blocker even though knee issues have taken away from his receiving numbers in recent seasons. He missed eight games last season and finished with a career low of 18 catches for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

Franks, released by Green Bay on Feb. 20, was scheduled to receive a base salary of $3 million with the Packers in 2008.

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