Packers Add Beef With Ricky Jean Francois
Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson isn’t done adding to Green Bay Packers roster. Yesterday, the team announced they would be signing defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois to a one-year deal worth three million dollars. Green Bay needed more experience on defense, and that’s what Thompson is adding this offseason. The addition of Davon House in the defensive backfield plus Jean Francois patrolling the middle of the front seven, it gives Green Bay some veteran defensive depth which they haven’t had.
RFJ has some like to call him saw a bounceback year in 2016 with Washington Redskins. After struggling with Colts, Jean Francois saw a bounceback year with Washington. There’s some hope that this could continue in Green Bay. They’re different players certainly, but Jean Francois seemed to flourish with Chris Baker, Washington’s stud defensive end, having a huge year next to him. Mike Daniels is one of the best in the business and playing next to him will only open things in the middle. This also gives Green Bay a developing stable on the defensive line with Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Letroy Guion and Jean Francois. That’s a good group. Additionally, this helps Packers replace Guion when he’s suspended for the first four games of the season. Given Guion’s troubles, it wouldn’t shock me if they drafted a run-stopping defensive tackle and cut the veteran.
Thompson signed the most free agents he has since 2006. These aren’t signings that blow any one way, but sneaky, under-the-radar moves that will help Green Bay be better next season. This is a step in the right direction for Thompson and Packers front office.