Packers Release DL Ricky Jean Francois

The Green Bay Packers have released defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, a move first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Packers signed Jean Francois in March during a house cleaning effort in Washington that followed the departure of former general manager Scot McCloughan.

We predicted he would provide solid depth for the Packers’ defensive line, but he never really got the chance; Jean Francois played just six snaps in the season opener.

What this means for the Packers

It’s possible the Packers found Jean Francois redundant after they signed Quinton Dial, whose run stopping background provides many of the same benefits as did his now-released former teammate. Dial is also significantly larger, younger, and cheaper than Jean Francois.

Additionally, the Packers also plan to get some kind of contribution from Montravius Adams this year. Though their 2017 third round pick hasn't played or practiced since foot surgery in early training camp, he avoided injured reserve to start the season and could be closer to returning than the Packers have let on.

We also know the Packers needed to make a roster move to accommodate Geronimo Allison’s return to the roster. Allison was suspended for the season opener but is eligible to return to the active roster this week.

(Editor's note: this piece was published prior to the release of Ladarius Gunter, the move the Packers specifically mention as being in relation to the return of Geronimo Allison. A corresponding move to Jean Francois's release has not been announced.)

Last week on Blue 58, I predicted the Packers would make a move at running back or defensive back when Allison returned, but clearly Ted Thompson thought differently. Ricky Jean Francois will now have the opportunity to sign with whatever team he pleases, or spend this season tending to his 25 Dunkin Donuts restaurants.