Ricky Jean Francois, who was released by the Washington Redskins last week, was on his way to Green Bay for a free-agent visit with the Packers on Tuesday night, he said on Twitter.
Jean Francois, who turned 30 in November, started seven games for the Redskins last season. The 6-foot-3, 313-pounder recorded 32 tackles (17 solos) with 1.5 sacks, 2.5 stuffs (tackle at or behind the line vs. the run) and two quarterback hits. While not a prolific pass rusher — he has 12 sacks in eight seasons — he had a career-high seven hurries with the Redskins in 2015 and added six in 2016, according to STATS.
A seventh-round pick in 2009 out of LSU, Jean Francois has 36 career starts. He’s already visited the Seahawks and Bears since his release.
The Packers have a need on the defensive line, where they gave up on twice-suspended Mike Pennel and will have Letroy Guion opening next season with a four-game suspension. That leaves the Packers with Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Christian Ringo and Brian Price on the depth chart. Ringo played 76 snaps and Price played 10 while spending most of the year on the practice squad. Signing Jean Francois would lessen the need to bolster the defensive line through the draft.
The Packers entered the day with $24.09 million of salary-cap space. The Bears had $21.89 million of cap space and the Seahawks had $14.16 million.
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