The Indianapolis Colts continued to free up salary cap space Monday with the release of defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois.
Expected to count $6.125 million against the cap next season, which would have ranked seventh on the roster, the move saves the team $4.875 million.
Jean Francois was thought to be an emerging starter when he was signed after four seasons in San Francisco to a four-year, $22-million contract in 2013. But the on-field numbers and financial numbers didn’t fit — he made 47 tackles with 5.5 sacks in two seasons, starting 23 of 26 games.
The sixth-year pro had a career-high 28 tackles and three sacks this past season.
For his six-year NFL career, he had 96 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
The Colts released safety LaRon Landry last week in another financially beneficial decision that will save the team about $3 million in cap space. Landry, like Jean Francois, had two years remaining on his contract.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson spoke during last week’s NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium about the possibility of making more moves in addition to parting with Landry, offensive tackle Xavier Nixon and linebacker Andrew Jackson.
”This time of year, like any time of year, is fluid. The roster is fluid,” Grigson said. “As you’ve noticed, we’ve been making cuts. We will be adding players with the 90-man roster what it is. There’s lots of room. We are continually making those decisions.
“We will be making more decisions after what we see this week at the Combine and what is developing in free agency, after you have your targets and have those meetings and see which ones are actually viable to get.”
The NFL informed teams last month that the projected salary cap for 2015 will be between $138.6 million to $141.8 million. The Colts’ latest cap number is about $107.7 million.
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