The 49ers could be welcoming back a familiar face in the near future.
Ricky Jean-Francois, who played for San Francisco from 2009-2012, is set to visit the team after being released by the Indianapolis Colts earlier in the Week.
Jean-Francois started five games during his 49ers’ career and amassed 49 tackles and a forced fumble. He’s actually the last person to start in place of defensive line stalwart, Justin Smith.
The 49ers have a need up front, as they cut long time starter Ray McDonald in December, and Smith is still up in the air about whether or not to return to the team for a final season. The other defensive lineman currently on the roster are Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, Quinton Dial, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Tank Carradine, Kaleb Ramsey, Lawrence Okoye, and Mike Purcell.
At 6-3 and 300 pounds, Jean-Francois is capable of playing on the end or at nose tackle in the 49ers’ 3-4 scheme. He is also scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins, who now employ former 49ers’ general manager Scott McCloughan at the same position. McCloughan was the man who drafted Jean-Francois in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
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