The 6-foor-3, 313-pound Jean Francois most recently played for Washington, where he started eight games over the past two seasons. He would most likely take on a reserve role in Green Bay, where Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark expect to see most of the snaps in the Packers' nickel package, their de facto base defense. However, with Letroy Guion suspended for the first quarter of the 2017 season and the rest of the defensive line rotation lacking experience, Jean Francois could quickly establish himself as a key contributor.
Released by Washington earlier in March, Jean Francois immediately became a "street" free agent, meaning he could sign with any team and not cost his new employer compensatory picks next offseason. He has already visited with the Seattle Seahawks, and could garner further interest should the Packers not strike a deal.
The Packers have pursued Jean Francois in the past. During the 2013 offseason, the team reportedly expressed interest in the defensive lineman when he first became a free agent. Jean Francois ultimately signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Jean Francois entered the NFL in 2009 as a seven-round pick. In his eight seasons, he has amassed 153 tackles, 12 sacks, and a forced fumble. He turns 31 in November.