According to Tennessean Beat Writer Jim Wyatt, the Tennessee Titans are one of five teams actively pursuing DT Ricky Jean-Francois. The former LSU product has primarily played a backup role during his tenure in San Francisco and may be looking for a starting position. The San Francisco 49ers understand Jean-Francois’ value, and recently made direct contact with his agent Thomas Kleine, to gauge Jean-Francois’ value on the open market.
There have been other numerous reports that Jean-Francois is being sought after by the Green Bay Packers as well. That rumor may be true considering former New York Giants DT Chris Canty was recently in for a visit. Other teams that may be interested in Jean-Francois services are the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, and Kansas City Chiefs, as many of those teams are transitioning to a 3-4 defense.
In Jean-Francois’ four years with the 49ers he has registered 49 tackles and 3.0 sacks. Not known for his pass-rushing ability, Jean-Francois is considered more of a “pusher” that is more suited for a 3-4 scheme, although he could play defensive tackle in a 4-3 if called upon.
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