The Washington Redskins have made an important signing with the capture of Ricky Jean-Francois.
Jean-Francois was a very in-demand player following his release by the Indianapolis Colts and the Redskins have done well to beat out other teams to sign the talented defensive end.
Hawks and 49ers
According to a report from NFL.com, Jean-Francois had previously met with Super Bowl runners up the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers before committing to the Redskins.
Washington signed defensive end Ricky Jean Francois to a three-year, $9 million deal with $4 million guaranteed, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The total value could be worth as much as $11.25 million including incentives.
It what was surely not a coincidence at all, Jean-Francois just so happens to be a player that the new Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan drafted back in 2009. Now he has become McCloughan's first signing as in Washington.
That was during McCloughan's run as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, whom selected Jean-Francois in the seventh round of the '09 draft. Jean Francois played four years with the 49ers before moving to the Colts in 2013.
Jean-Francois signed a $22 million, four-year contract two years ago, but the franchise decided to make salary-cap savings of nearly $5 million by cutting ties with the big defensive end on Monday. He had three sacks and made 13 starts for the Colts last season.
In his six NFL seasons, Jean-Francois has been active for 77 games, making 28 starts and collecting 8 1/2 sacks. The 28-year old played his college ball at LSU, where he was a 2007 SEC Champion and BCS National Champion in 2008.