FOXBORO — According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots have signed journeyman defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois.
The LSU product, who was MVP of the 2008 National Championship, came into the league as a seventh-round pick of the 49ers before making stops in Indianapolis, Washington and Green Bay. He signed a one-year deal to go to the Packers in the offseason, but was released for a second time this season last week.
In six games for the Packers this season, the 30-year-old had two tackles.
The news of the Jean Francois addition comes as the Patriots are seemingly dealing with the latest blow to their defense. Not only is Dont'a Hightower officially done for the season, but Shea McClellin is not yet close to a return and could be out for the season altogether.
The New England Patriots announced Thursday they will officially begin their 59th annual training camp on Thursday, July 26th.
Exact times of the practices will be updated on the team's website, and the practices are free to the public as they will take place on the fields behind Gillette Stadium.
New England is coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and an MVP season from Tom Brady. Following all the drama from Brady and Rob Gronkowski's absence from voluntary workouts, the Patriots must be looking forward to getting on the practice field to possbily head toward a sixth championship.
What’s one more opinion when it comes to the caucophony of chatter wondering when Tom Brady will retire.
Yesterday our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran laid out the viewpoints of everyone from Brady himself, to Brady’s agent Don Yee, to Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and others . . . and there wasn’t much of a consensus.
Now Willie McGinest, one of Brady’s former teammates, has weighed in.
Just another shot in the dark from another talking head asked to opine on the topic? Not exactly. McGinest and Brady have had a good relationship for a long time, but perhaps even more noteworthy is that McGinest is the person who introduced Brady to Alex Guerrero.
McGinest saying that if Brady wins Super Bowl LIII he could “walk off” doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what will happen. Nor does it mean it’s what Guerrero believes. But it’s a take that could reasonably be placed in a box labeled “informed opinion.”