Unrestricted free agent nose tackle Ricky Jean Francois agreed to terms Thursday with the Indianapolis Colts. His contract is a four-year, $22 million deal. This signing comes as no surprise, especially after San Francisco signed free agent Glen Dorsey Wednesday to a two-year deal.
Jean Francois is the second nose tackle to leave the 49ers with Isaac Sopoaga leaving for Philadelphia during the first day of free agency and is part of a slew of players leaving the team this season due to free agency. That total has now reached six players with Jean Francois being the latest casualty.
Last season Ricky Jean Francois recorded 22 tackles and 2.0 sacks in 16 games played with San Francisco. He also started three games, all at the end of the regular season, as a fill-in for injured defensive end Justin Smith. His versatility along the defensive line solidified his role as more of a backup player for the injured starters and it seems he was looking to be used more often on the field.
In his career with the San Francisco 49ers Jean Francois has racked up 49 total tackles, 3.0 sacks and started five games. He had been with the team since he was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round in 2009.