Lions Sign Veteran DL Ricky Jean Francois To One-Year Deal


Adam Schefter reports that the Lions have signed veteran DL Ricky Jean Francois to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Ian Rapoport reported that Jean Francois was visiting with the Lions, so it appears as though things went well during their meeting.

The Lions previously showed interest in Jean Francois back in March and a report mentioned that Detroit was working on a deal for him. However, that proved to not be the case until now.

Francois, 31, is a former seventh-round pick of the 49ers back in 2009. He played four seasons for San Francisco before departing and signing on with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent.

After two years, the Colts cut Jean-Francois loose and he signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Redskins in February of 2015. Washington released him during the offseason and he later signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Packers.

Jean-Francois was on and off of the Packers’ roster last year before the Patriots signed him to a contract towards the end of the season.

In 2017, Jean Francois appeared in 12 games for the Packers and Patriots and recorded 12 tackles and no sacks.

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