Packers News: Francois returns to Green Bay on one-year deal

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Packers LB Robert Francois
Packers LB Robert Francois

Who says the Packers never do anything in free agency?

On Friday afternoon, inside linebacker Robert Francois agreed to a one-year contract to remain in Green Bay, according to ProFootballTalk via Twitter. In the days leading up to free agency, Francois openly discussed his preference to stay with the Packers.

“They brought him in,” said Noel LaMontagne, one of Francois’ agents, according to JSOnline.com. “They gave him the opportunity. He’s been through the highs and lows there and obviously that organization is built for long-term success and Rob wants to be a part of it.”

By signing the one-year contract, Francois will spend his fourth season in Green Bay in 2013. Between 2010 and 2012, Francois has started a total of three games for the Packers, racking up 14 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception as a starter, according to NFL.com.

But his primary role with the Packers is on special teams.

As things currently stand, Francois joins Desmond Bishop, A.J. Hawk, Terrell Manning, D.J. Smith and Jamari Lattimore as the team’s inside linebackers. Brad Jones is a free agent and visited with the Tennessee Titans Mar. 15.

There has also been some debate regarding Hawk’s future with the team, as he’s currently set to count $5.45 million against the cap. Linebacker is certainly a position to keep an eye on this offseason.

(UPDATE: Hawk has accepted a pay cut to remain with the team, as of Friday afternoon)

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  • Scott 1956

    Francois? Really working to make this team better? A guy who in 3 years, had 3 starts and 14 tackles. Better make that contract for 5 years and %50 million. Wouldn’t want that stud LB to get away! And the same tired BS from TIGHTWAD TEDDY! We wouldn’t want you to make the team better, that would be too much to ask for a GM!

    • Oppy

      Packers’ regular season record under Ted Thompson’s eight seasons as GM:

      78-50, 61% winning percentage

      *4 playoff births

      *1 Superbowl appearance

      *1 Lombardi Trophy
      …………………….

      *This all was accomplished during a complete rebuilding of the roster