Free-agent addition Ricky Jean Francois surprised to hear from Packers

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The Packers traditionally stand pat in free agency, so defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois never expected to hear from them much less end up there. Jean Francois picked Green Bay over Seattle, signing a one-year deal worth up to $3 million.

“To get that phone call that the Green Bay Packers want you is rare,” Jean Francois said, via Stu Courtney of USA Today Wisconsin. “It’s rare that you see them go outside and pick guys up and if they do, it’s for a reason.

“On the first day of meetings when all the new guys stand up, I’m used to seeing like five or six guys stand up and there were only three guys to stand up. I’m blessed to get picked up.’”

The Packers expect Jean Francois, who is entering his ninth season, not only to shore up the middle but also to tutor 2016 draft picks Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry.

“When I came in, all I wanted to do was just smarten ‘em up,” Jean Francois, 30, said. “Learn how to use your speed, learn how to use your agility, look at formations. Look at different things that can make the game a lot [easier].”

11 responses to “Free-agent addition Ricky Jean Francois surprised to hear from Packers

  1. The Packers may not have made every move I wished for, but they are going to be one tough team to beat this year.

  2. “It’s rare that you see them go outside and pick guys up and if they do, it’s for a reason.”

    Yeah, it’s because they are cheap, and your contract is affordable…not hard to figure out….they have a traditionally crappy defense because they spend all their money on a QB and draft basketball players to play defense…

  3. The Packers generally had decent defenses from 2007-2011, and as recent as three years ago. If they can just field an average defense, their chances are good this year.

  4. Great locker room guy, great vet with a great attitude. He wasn’t outstanding with us as a player, but neither was the entire D.

    Glad to see RJF found a home though…he deserves it.

  5. The expectation is that he will be an above average rotational player on the defensive line. If you read the whole article, he signed with the Packers because he wanted to play football in January and February. For the Viking fans that need translation, that’s called playoff football.

  6. May have lost some of his motor, but a good dude who gives it his all. Having a guy like this tutor young guys is exactly what you want (won Media Good-Guy Award). Even went down to Haiti to give back in the wake of the hurricane. Thank you, RJF for all you did as a Redskin, in cleats and out. Hope to see ‘PBJ time’ in the green and gold.

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