GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are set to host veteran free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois on Wednesday, following visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.
Green Bay has already added three new players through free agency, but the impending four-game suspension of Letroy Guion has the Packers looking for depth heading into next season. Jean Francois is heading into his ninth NFL season, having played the last two years with the Washington Redskins. Jean Francois has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes.
Jean Francois was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, recording 153 career tackles and 12 career sacks.
Regardless of whether or not Green Bay signs Jean Francois, the Packers have been planning to insert second-year defensive lineman Kenny Clark into that role. They’re hoping Clark can step in for Guion as a pass-rusher, but also act as a run-stuffer after the 2015 departure of B.J. Raji.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers announced on Friday the signing of rookie defensive tackle Kenny Clark.
Clark was one of five drafted rookies that remained unsigned. He had expressed confidence in a deal being reached soon when asked about his status during minicamp this week.
Clark was drafted 27th overall by the Packers out of UCLA where he recorded a career-high 47 solo tackles in 2015. He showed his versatility in his final season as a junior, defensing five passes and catching his only pass of his career, a three-yard touchdown.
The Packers will report back to Green Bay for training camp on July 25 with the first practiced scheduled for the 26th.