Packers sign DL Ricky Jean Francois

Ricky Jean Francois
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A team not usually known for its free-agency activity made a 313-pound splash Thursday.

The Packers signed former Washington defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois to a one-year, $3 million contract, a source confirmed to Pro Football Talk. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the story, earning an undisclosed number of Markman points.

Jean Francois, 30, appeared in all 32 games of his two-year tenure in Washington. The versatile run stopper started seven of them with 57 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

He previously visited the Seahawks and Bears before committing to Green Bay.

The Packers, known for developing and re-signing their own talent, do make the occasional exception. They bolstered their tight end position with two signings earlier this month, signing Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks.

42 responses to “Packers sign DL Ricky Jean Francois

  1. Great signing – he’ll be a good replacement for Guion. And once Guilin comes back, the Packers will have good depth in the middle of the line.

    Now TT needs to work on getting some more talent and depth at LB.

  2. I know I trash Ted for being so horrendous at his job and Pack fans who think he’s good but even I thought he was slightly better than this. Anyone who can look at that defense and think it doesn’t need a complete overhaul is not GM material.

  3. Careers are oftentimes regenerated in Green Bay, where a player knows he has a real chance to get a ring. They’re rich already, so they (finally) have something to play for. Teams like the Browns and Bills and Vikings must feel like a virtual deadzone compared to the Packers. Very hard to get motivated in those places. In Green Bay, they’re brainwashed to win. It makes a difference.

  4. Good signing. Not a game changer, but solid against the run and we need guys for the rotation. One less position to draft on a defense with many needs.

  5. Best d lineman in the league. Better than JJ Watt and Clowney put together… says every delusional packer fan out there. In reality he wouldn’t even make the Vikings starting lineup. But good for you guys.. eye roll.

  6. Yall don’t get it yet. RJF is a “game-changer”. He’s a locker room pro bowler, and a great “football guy”. He’s one of those players who loves his team more than the fans do, and the very minute he signed the contract he became the Packer-est Packer in Green Bay. You’re going to love this guy.

  7. I would agree with the assessment that Francios will just be another body, another block eater in the rotation, but it’s a necessary need playing the 3-4.
    And the Packers were definitely thin at D-line. Still are.

    Though I can appreciate Green Bay’s draft and develop philosophy, it works when you have a strong scouting department.
    I like the fact that they’ve dipped their toe a few times into the free agent pool to fortify their depth.
    Now they can go in a number of different directions with their 29th pick and the other early rounds.

  8. I knew Ted would sign this guy, it’s right in his wheel house. Doesn’t cost him a draft pick. Guions days are numbered, except I heard he’s a good locker room guy.

  9. Little known fact, though Ted is aware for certain, as we stand today, Packers have 14 picks in next years draft. Most are lower round compensatory picks and the Pack could lose some if they sign an UFA before the draft, but that’s where things stand today. Too bad some of those aren’t in this years draft as it is deep.

  10. This is a good signing. Ricky Jean is underrated by most. He is the type of player every team needs several of to compliment those stars to be successful. RJF is a rock solid role player and should fit in nice on that Packers Dline. The only reason he was even available is because he questioned what was going on with the dumpster fire of a mess in the Washington FO. He’d have been starting for them this year otherwise.

  11. Congrats, Ricky!!! Just a little truth telling and Lil Danny and Bruce “Harvest Feast” Allen get their panties in a bunch and release you! Now, you get to play for an actual pro football organization.

  12. Great another guys that can’t get to the quarterback. On a lightet note i hear TT plans on hiding his own Easter eggs this year. Then he’ll stand out in the yard with the thousand mile stare of his wondering what the hell he came outside for.

  13. tjacks7 says:
    Mar 23, 2017 5:09 PM
    I know I trash Ted for being so horrendous at his job and Pack fans who think he’s good but even I thought he was slightly better than this. Anyone who can look at that defense and think it doesn’t need a complete overhaul is not GM material.
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    When you say “horrendous at his job”, are you talking “horrendous” like trading a 1st and a 4th for a QB and ending up at 8-8 while the receiver you picked in the first round catches one pass?

  14. No matter what you do, or who you sign, you’re one year reign of the nfc north will revert back to the most logical place. That is, if the Vikes don’t lead the league in starters lost to injuries for a second consecutive season. The aborition that was both the Wack jobs and Lions getting into the post season by injury default has a slim chance of happening again.

  15. tjacks7 says:
    Mar 23, 2017 5:09 PM
    I know I trash Ted for being so horrendous at his job and Pack fans who think he’s good but even I thought he was slightly better than this. Anyone who can look at that defense and think it doesn’t need a complete overhaul is not GM material.

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    Well, the team has made it to the playoffs 8 years in a row with the benefit of being able to pound on your team twice a year. Ted is better than your GM and it isn’t even close. Were you even awake for that dumpster fire at US Bank last year? You need to go back to the Vikings stories ASAP, there are serious flaws with your team that require a serious discussion among Vikings fans to get to the bottom of it. Bashing Ted is not going to help at all.

  16. bubbasmithguy says:
    Mar 23, 2017 7:44 PM
    Paper champions again
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    Except, you know, for the 13 Championships…..

  17. Game changer? No, but this guy will be a solid rotational player along the defensive line for what ends up being not a lot of money.

    Typical Ted Thompson signing, doesn’t break the bank, doesn’t cost the Packers any comp picks next spring, and we should see contributions throughout the long season in a positional group were injuries tend to pile up.

  18. I love it when vikings fans like tjack try and belittle the packer signings yet the sign a packer castoff themselves.
    It’s like the 13 year old kid you grew up near who tried to rip on everyone else to make himself feel better about his own deficiencies.

  19. RJF was a good rotational player, when he was still with the 49ers. He’s not that players anymore.

    He couldn’t command a starters spot with the Redskins, and was a rotational player on a terrible line that couldn’t create a push on pass plays and couldn’t hold the LoS on run plays.

    RJF wasn’t a bright light on a poor unit. It was a poor unit and his play was right on that level.

    Washington beat reporters loved to big his play up and talk about what a good locker room presence he was because he gave the media a lot of time. Reporters thought much more of him than fans who were actually interested in the Redskins winning.

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