Packers To Sign DT Ricky Jean-Francois

The Packers have signed defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois, Ian Rapoport of tweets. It’s a one-year, $3MM deal. Ricky Jean-Francois (Vertical)

Jean-Francois was released by the Redskins earlier this month, giving him the opportunity to go elsewhere. He also had visits with the Seahawks and Bears, but he ultimately landed in Green Bay. Now, he’ll help offset the Packers’ loss of Datone Jones after he left for the Vikings. He’ll also come in handy for the first month of the season while Letroy Guion serves his suspension.

Jean-Francois ranks as PFR’s No. 5 free agent interior defender still on the board. Since being released by Washington, Jean-Francois has visited the Seahawks and Bears.

Jean-Francois, 30, played in 32 games (eight starts) with Washington over the past two seasons. Last year, he saw action on roughly 40% of the club’s defensive snaps, racking up 32 tackles and 1.5 sacks in that span. Heading into Thursday, we had RJ-F ranked as the No. 5 free agent interior defender still on the board.

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    • bdpecore

      I’d keep both. Guion’s cap his isn’t much (roughly $2MM). We can afford to hold onto him which just adds more quality depth on the D-line

      • bdpecore

        Correction: we would save $3.1MM if Guion is cut although I would still keep him.

  1. gopackgo

    packers are around 25 million under the cap they don’t need to cut someone for cap space.

    • GoPackGo12

      I understand after this signing they are around 20M in cap space. Thompson is always one to re-up guys who’s contracts are up the following year. Adams, Ha Ha, Burnett and Lane Taylor are all FA’s next year. I would hope Thompson locks a few of those guys up this year which would add to the cap hit. Not to mention we need around 7M of that to sign the draft class. We don’t have as much to spend as you think. Guion hasn’t done anything but get suspended. We played 2 down lineman 70% of the time last year. Now with Daniels, Clark, Lowry, Price and Francois Guion is expendable. The 3M in cap space could go a long way in a re-up with Lane Taylor for example and we can draft a DL late in the draft for depth much cheaper.

  2. mackows2

    Pay up Chuck, Wink wins the bet!! Packers make more than 2.5 UFA signings. You gonna go broke player!!

  3. oebrr00

    I picture TT held at gunpoint by MM as he sings a free agent. TT has unflattering pictures of MM in this scenario.

  4. SuperCooper

    Would love to see them make a run at Zach Brown. If they can get him on a two year deal for around 10 million and draft a couple of DB’S and a RB I’d be happy.

    • stubby66

      I don’t know I think TJ Watt would look good in a Packer uniform. I think this is a good sign. It helps fill one of our needs so maybe we can concentrate on other needs

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