The Green Bay Packers released defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois on Wednesday. They did so for the second time this season.
That big offseason free agent acquisition? Not so big after all.
Francois played in six games, but contributed just two tackles in that span. Ironically, his roster spot is now occupied by tackle Jason Spriggs, who has been designated to return from injured reserve.
Ironic because Spriggs was put on IR when the Packers brought Francois back after they cut him the first time. What goes around, comes around, I guess.
I suppose we will look at this as a plus. A little-used (and little useful) veteran is gone and the Packers’ offensive line has been fortified.
Granted, Spriggs was terrible during the preseason. Like, the kind of terrible that gets you cut unless you happen to be a Ted Thompson second-round draft pick.
Luckily for Spriggs, he was that. And boy, does Ted burn it up in the second round, huh!?
So now, Ted Thompson second-round pick Jason Spriggs will get to come back and sit behind undrafted free agent Justin McCray. Maybe that will be motivation.
Or maybe Spriggs can just join Jerel Worthy, Eddie Lacy and all the other great Ted Thompson second-round picks in the dustbin of inconsequential football history.
We might know soon, considering how often Packers’ offensive linemen have gotten injured this year.
And knowing is half the battle.