Detroit Lions training camp opens up in just a couple days, but the team could be adding another key player before the practices begin.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois is visiting the Lions on Tuesday.
Francois played in all 16 games with the Lions last year, starting 11. He picked up 30 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a PFF grade of 68.0. Additionally, having a history with the New England Patriots and Lions head coach Matt Patricia, he served as a leader and a mentor in the locker room.
Now it appears the Lions are interested in bringing him back. Interestingly enough, Francois signed with the Lions on July 25 last year—almost exactly a year ago. It seems likely that as long as Francois is in football shape and is interested in coming back, he’ll be in Honolulu Blue again this year.
As for his role this year, he’ll obviously be behind Damon Harrison Sr., A’Shawn Robinson and Da’Shawn Hand on the depth chart. Beyond that, however, the Lions don’t have much in terms of depth at the position. Seventh-round pick P.J. Johnson is a long shot to make the roster. John Atkins spent most of last year on the practice squad, and there isn’t much else there.
If the Lions close in on a deal with Francois, expect a signing done in the next day or two.