Jean Francois continues his tour around the league, with Detroit being the fifth team he has joined over the past four years. Despite now being 31 years old and clearly on the downside of his career, Jean Francois was a decent contributor for the Patriots and Packers last season and will provide the Lions with solid depth along the defensive line.
Jean Francois recently indicated that he won't be returning to the Patriots in 2018, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.
Jean Francois originally signed with New England last November to provide relief for a team that was dealing with injuries along its defensive line. He ultimately appeared in eight games with the Patriots -- six in the regular season, two in the playoffs -- and racked up 16 tackles and one sack while operating in a limited role. The 31-year-old intends to continue his playing career in 2018, and he's proved he can still be an effective player despite his advanced age.
Returning to New England for his second stint with the club this season, Jean Francois will provide insurance along the defensive line, with Alan Branch (knee) uncertain to play Sunday against the Steelers. Jean Francois has appeared in a combined nine games this season with the Packers and Patriots, collecting four total tackles.
Jean Francois was released by the Patriots on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Jean Francois has four tackles between combined stints with the Packers and Patriots this season. The veteran defensive lineman will hope to again latch on elsewhere.
The signing likely comes as a result of Malcom Brown still being sidelined with an ankle injury, as Jean Francois will be able to add some veteran depth along the defensive line. Jean Francois was released by the Packers last week.
|4||9/30/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||16||12||9.0||3||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||15||12.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||22||12.0||10||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||6||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||6||10||6.0||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|