French, 24, spent the 1999 season on the Seahawks' practice squad and subsequently sat out the 2000 season after suffering a knee injury during training camp. He returned to Seattle's training camp in 2001 but failed his physical examination, was placed on waivers August 4 and spent the 2001 season out of football.
French ranked third among Division 1A tight ends as a senior with 35 receptions for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns, earning first-team All-America selection by The Sporting News and Football News. He earlier had been a consensus first-team All-America selection (Parade, USA Today, ESPN, SuperPrep and Blue Chip Illustrated) and been accorded "Mississippi Player of the Year" honors as a senior at Amory High School while helping his team post a 15-0 record and capture a 16th-place national ranking.
French is the fourth tight end on Green Bay's off-season roster. The other three include Bubba Franks, David Martin and Tyrone Davis.