The Green Bay Packers are surprising releasing veteran defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The 30-year-old defensive lineman originally signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Packers back on March 23.
Francois was cut by the Washington Redskins, who were able to save a large chunk of money by nudging the defensive end off the books, in the offseason. He was slated to be a backup or rotational player at best in Washington. Francois was a seventh-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers out of LSU in 2009, two years after the defender helped lead the Tigers to a BCS National Championship.
Francois played in only three games as a rookie but wound up clocking in full 16-game seasons over the next three years with the 49ers. He then moved onto the Indianapolis Colts in free agency following the 2012 season and started 23 of the 26 games he appeared in with the AFC South franchise.
He inked a three-year deal with the Redskins in February 2015. The veteran defender has amassed 153 total tackles, 12 sacks and one forced fumble over his NFL career.
The Packers front seven held the Seattle Seahawks in check all day on Sunday, limiting the rushing attack to 90 yards while quarterback Russell Wilson finished with a 33.1 QBR on 14-for-27 passing. The Packers also got to Wilson three times en route to a 17-9 win. Green Bay will have another animal to tame in Week 2. The Packers will play their first road game of the season on Sunday when they try to keep pass-happy Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at bay.