This from USAtoday: San Francisco 49ers Team Report - USATODAY.com "The 49ers are planning to place the franchise tag on nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, who is scheduled for unrestricted free agency, unless they first sign him to a contract extension. Linebacker Patrick Willis is among those who believes the 49ers simply can't afford to allow Franklin to leave the organization. 'I pray to God that they keep Aubrayo,' said Willis, who credits his ability to lead the league in tackles to the play of the linemen in front of him. 'The coaches already know where my heart is. I say he's the best nose in the game. Like I said before, you turn on the film and it shows. Nobody plays with better technique. I feel like nobody knows the game better than he knows it. He's not a very big guy, but he's technically sound, and it keeps my head from getting busted every play.' " Not sure if that will have any impact on the Vince Wilfork situation.