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Packers could be interested in Ricky Jean-Francois

Colin Kaepernick, Ricky Jean Francois AP

The Packers can’t be sure right now what, if anything, they’ll get from Jerel Worthy this year.

So they’re already looking at possible replacements, and according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, have “expressed interest” in 49ers defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois.

Jean-Francois is set to be an unrestricted free agent, after backing up at all three line positions for the 49ers. He got significant time when Justin Smith was out with an elbow injury down the stretch.

A former seventh-round pick, he’s hitting the market at a time when the 49ers have some bigger fish to fry (such as safety Dashon Goldson).

Worthy’s status is up in the air after ACL reconstruction after the season, and the Packers need to add depth up front. They’ve also been linked to Chris Canty, along with a number of other teams.

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20 Responses to “Packers could be interested in Ricky Jean-Francois”
  1. jhein23 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    I hope the Packers sign them both – Canty and Jean-Francois. Have a nice 7 man DLine rotation that includes them & Raji, Pickett, Wilson, Neal and Daniels.

  2. shlort says: Feb 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    This guy was in when Smith was out and their production went down 85%.

    What makes this guy a good fit in GB?Because he played for SF and SF runs the “Future of the NFL” Offense?

    There are better players out there for what Green Bay needs. Back-up players are a dime a dozen.

  3. gnarlswoodson says: Feb 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    Two Words : Cullen. Jenkins. Its real simple, Packers.

  4. muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Could do worse!!!

  5. rpiotr01 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    At the very least it means they realize what a disaster the DL has become since losing Cullen Jenkins and putting their faith in Mike Neal and Jerel Worthy.

  6. sisqsage says: Feb 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    RJF didn’t really distinguish himself in that critical time when Justin Smith was down with that elbow-related injury. Defense really struggled then and it was an opportune time for RJF to shine, but he didn’t step up. Got mauled in that Seattle loss/nightmare up north. Sounds like an overpay if you throw a big contract his way. It’s great timing for him and his bank account though.

  7. time2speakup says: Feb 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    RJF takes up a lot of space – and that’s about it. Ask any of us here in the Bay.

  8. sdemp says: Feb 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    It doesn’t matter, the window is closing for the Packers. . . if it hasn’t already. They had there lucky run, Rodgers is a good QB, but what else do they really have besides Rodgers and Mathews.

  9. operwapitsai says: Feb 26, 2013 2:46 PM

    Im a student at MSU where Worthy went to school and that man brought it everyday. Im sure he will be back healthy ready to go pack fans…..go vikes

  10. lambeaufieldwest says: Feb 26, 2013 2:50 PM

    Well, besides Clay and ARod we also have a top 5 receiving corps and a guy who PFF rated as one of the top 2 corners in the league, Casey Hayward, just to name a few.

  11. landof10000lakes says: Feb 26, 2013 2:53 PM

    @schlort

    Finally, somebody who recognizes that SF Offense of the future stuff is garbage. Kap is Cam Newton 2.0. AD will be ushering the offense of the future in 2013 when he rushes for 2106+.

  12. axespray says: Feb 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    “They had a lucky run…”

    - yeah, what – with close to a dozen starters on IR for the 2nd time in 3 years…

    Windows usually close on teams that are over the hill (09 vikings/2012 ravens) – but a team loaded with rookies and 2nd year players under the age of 25 ?

  13. cometkazie says: Feb 26, 2013 3:03 PM

    Good luck, Ricky!

  14. goldrush36 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    He is better than a lot of guys out there but he is also worse than an only 50% healthy Justin Smith so take that for what you will. As for this revolutionary offense BS Shlort is always spewing about I have a earth shaking statistic for you. Seattle ran the pistol/read option more than SF. Yet combined it accounted for only 1.9% of their offensive plays but hey keep telling yourself that’s all they used. As for coordinators figuring it out.. well they probably should’ve started years ago with Vick running it. Or 2011 with Cam running it… Still hasn’t been figured out. Cam’s struggles last year weren’t due to his offense or to defenses.. It was due to himself and his piss poor attitude. Until defenses can be 100% disciplined every minute of every game it will be successful with guys that can actually throw well too. Quite unfortunately for your theory at least 20-25 teams any given year can’t play that disciplined D for major stretches

  15. joshmeeker says: Feb 26, 2013 3:26 PM

    Ricky Jean played ok in limited chances for the 49ers over the years. He doesnt seem to move very fast toward the ball carrier though.

  16. theodorethompson says: Feb 26, 2013 3:31 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Feb 26, 2013 1:53 PM
    At the very least it means they realize what a disaster the DL has become since losing Cullen Jenkins and putting their faith in Mike Neal and Jerel Worthy.

    ________________________________
    I think the loss of Jenkins along with Nick Collins really hurt the defense. Neal and Worthy have been solid but nothing special.

  17. overweightman says: Feb 26, 2013 3:45 PM

    @landof10000lakes

    Kap throws touchdowns, Cam throws hissy fits.

    Kap wins games, Cam wins rookie records?

  18. bobhk says: Feb 26, 2013 3:54 PM

    landof10000lakes says:
    Feb 26, 2013 2:53 PM
    @schlort

    Finally, somebody who recognizes that SF Offense of the future stuff is garbage. Kap is Cam Newton 2.0. AD will be ushering the offense of the future in 2013 when he rushes for 2106+.
    ————-
    Ponder, eh? I understand the jealousy.

  19. billb49 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:21 PM

    @landof10000lakes

    SF doesn’t necessarily have the “Offense of the Future”. It’s just a very good offense that averaged over 30 points a game in the playoffs. And anyone who thinks Colin Kaepernick is just Cam Newton 2.0 hasn’t been watching very closely. Kaepernick ran in a designed run play less than 3% of the time. He’s got a stronger and more accurate arm than Newton, he’s faster than Newton, he’s got better pocket presence than Newton, he works harder than Newton, he sees the field better than Newton and according to Newton’s own trainer, Kaepernick is a better athlete. Oh, and Kaepernick is faster than AD. Ponder? He’s not even in the conversation.

  20. ninerhatersgetready4ring6 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:22 PM

    @landof1000lakes

    Kap is no Cam Newton just ask GB’s whole coaching staff that was sent to Texas to learn how to stop him. Don’t remember no one last year sending the entire coaching staff anywhere to stop Cam Newton.
    I understand the jealousy but at least comment with some type of football knowledge. It makes you come off as a HATER. Don’t want to label you as that do we ?

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