The Green Bay Packers have sign former Washington Redskins defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois to a one-year, $3 million contract, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
Jean Francois was released by the Redskins earlier this month in a move that was expected due to the fact he would have counted $4 million against the salary cap in 2017 and was going to be a backup at best. By releasing him the Redskins saved $3 million in cap space.
Jean Francois spent two years with Washington, starting six games in 2016 and recording 1.5 sacks. But the Redskins weren’t pleased with their defensive line, allowing another starter, Chris Baker, to sign with Tampa Bay via free agency.
The Packers were in need of depth in the wake of Letroy Guion’s four-game suspension to start the 2017 season. Guion was suspended for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. After his suspension was announced, the Packers restructured Guion’s contract to push roster bonuses due this offseason into the regular season.
Prior to suiting up for the Redskins, Jean Francois, 30, spent two years with the Colts and four with the 49ers, who drafted him in the seventh round (No. 244 overall) of the 2009 draft.
In 109 games (36 starts), Jean Francois has 12 sacks, one forced fumble and 164 tackles.