GREEN BAY – There were some surprises in store for Ricky Jean Francois when the veteran defensive tackle hit the NFL free-agent market in March.
Jean Francois expected to attract interest after eight solid seasons in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Washington. What he didn’t expect was to hear from a franchise he presumed to be allergic to free agency.
“To get that phone call that the Green Bay Packers want you is rare,” said Jean Francois, who landed a one-year deal that could earn him $3 million. “It’s rare that you see them go outside and pick guys up and if they do, it’s for a reason.
“On the first day of meetings when all the new guys stand up, I’m used to seeing like five or six guys stand up and there were only three guys to stand up. I’m blessed to get picked up.’”
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