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Seahawks Bring on Jethro Franklin as New Assistant Defensive Line Coach

Jethro Franklin will become the Seahawks’ new assistant defensive line coach, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports citing a source.

Franklin, 52, played one season for Seattle in 1989 as a defensive lineman before returning to coach the position at his alma mater Fresno State two years later. Franklin’s stint with the Bulldogs lasted eight years before he began bouncing between other defensive line jobs in the college and pro ranks.

His NFL experience includes time with Green Bay (2000-04), Tampa Bay (2006), Houston (2007-09) and Oakland (2015-17).

Franklin wasn’t retained by new Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who hired longtime NFL defensive line coach Mike Trgovac as his replacement.

Franklin now reunites with new Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton, whom he worked under the past two seasons in Oakland.

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