The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois.
“Ricky is a quick, aggressive and extremely powerful player,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He has been a mainstay the last four years within a dominant NFL defense with a lot of special players. He not only has familiarity with our scheme and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, but he is versatile enough to play any of our defensive line positions. At 26 years old, we feel the arrow is pointing straight up and we’re looking forward to him making a big impact for us this coming season.”
Last year with the San Francisco 49ers, Jean Francois, 6-3, 295 pounds, played in all 16 games for the third consecutive season and tallied career highs in tackles (51) and sacks (2.0). He capped the regular season registering 21 tackles (13 solo) and 2.0 sacks in the final three games, while adding five stops in team’s postseason run to Super Bowl XLVII.
Since being selected by the 49ers in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, Jean Francois has played in 51 regular season games (five starts), totaling 106 tackles (54 solo), 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. In the postseason, he has notched seven tackles (four solo) and one pass defensed in five games played.
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