Jean-Francois leaves Philly without signing a contract

Jean-Francois leaves Philly without signing a contract
March 13, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Ricky Jean-Francois, originally a seventh-round pick of the 49ers, has started just two of his 43 career NFL games. (USA Today Images)

Ricky Jean-Francois, the four-year veteran defensive lineman who visited the Eagles on Tuesday, left without signing a contract.

Jean-Francois, who had arrived in Philadelphia late Monday night and met with Eagles staff members for most of Tuesday, left the NovaCare Complex and boarded a flight for Indianapolis for a meeting with the Colts, per league sources.

The 26-year-old, who spent his first four seasons with San Francisco and played sparsely in the Super Bowl, was far apart with the team on dollar figures, a source said, and will continue to test free agency.

The source added that it’s unlikely Jean-Francois would come back and sign with the Eagles.

Jean-Francois played just eight regular-season games for the Niners and subbed in for only a few snaps of the Super Bowl.

After letting him walk, the Eagles are still short on a starting five-technique defensive end to play opposite Fletcher Cox in the team’s 3-4 defensive scheme for run downs.

The team filled its nose tackle void on Tuesday by signing Isaac Sopoaga, a teammate of Jean-Francois’ on the Niners. Sopoaga, 31, can also play multiple positions on the defensive line. This year’s draft is deep in 3-4 linemen, so the team can also look to bolster its line with prospects.

Jean-Francois, a Miami native and former Louisiana State standout, joked on his Twitter account Monday night upon his arrival that he had to get accustomed to the cold weather.

Jean-Francois, originally a seventh-round pick of the Niners, has started only two of his 43 career games and has just three career sacks. But his youth and size (6-3, 295 pounds) make him a good commodity for 3-4 teams seeking versatile linemen that can play the run and join a rotation.

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