The Green Bay Packers’ search for defensive line help goes on. The team hosted Ricky Jean-Francois on Wednesday afternoon. The free agent could fill a pivotal hole for the team, which has dealt with far more notable losses on defense than additions. Perhaps a big body in the middle will help alleviate some of the free agency concern.

Taking a visit to Green Bay

Jean-Francois signaled on Twitter that he was taking a free agent visit to Green Bay on Wednesday, just as ESPN’s Adam Schefter had previously reported. The free agent has had a long, if not entirely illustrious career in the NFL. At 30 years old, however, the next NFL contract he receives may be the final one of his career.

Last season, Jean-Francois made seven starts for the Washington Redskins, playing in all 16 games. He recorded 1.5 sacks and 32 tackles on the year, his second in Washington. He has also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts. Over the course of his career, he has 153 tackles, 12 sacks, and one forced fumble.

Looking for defensive line help

The Packers have been more active in free agency than usual, signing tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, cornerback Davon House, and bringing back linebacker Nick Perry. The fact that they are still going after targets like Ricky Jean-Francois in free agency instead of waiting for the draft signals two things: the team is willing to change its mindset to pursue their Super Bowl dreams, and they think they are close to that dream.

Jean-Francois fits more as a depth piece for the Packers for the upcoming season, perhaps on a one-year deal. He would fit behind Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark on the depth chart, snatching up some snaps when the team is in a nickel package. He could establish himself with the team right away, though, as Letroy Guion will miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension.

If the team chooses to pursue a contract with the veteran defensive tackle following the visit, it will likely be known in the next several days.

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