Contrary to popular belief, Packers general manager Ted Thompson still has a pulse.
According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Thompson and the Packers are on the verge of their first move of free agency: the re-signing of linebacker Robert Francois.
Noel LaMontagne, Francois’ agent, told Dunne that a deal has yet to be finalized, but the completion is only a matter of “dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”
Francois, who turns 28 in May, did not receive a restricted free-agent tender from the Packers and became free to sign with any team on March 12. Unwilling to spend the $1.323 million price tag for the low tender on Francois, Thompson rolled the dice that he could get one of his core special teamers back at a deal better suited for both sides.
One could expect Francois’ new deal to be more than one year, and at a price lower than the $1.323 million.
Francois played in all 16 games in 2012 and made 13 tackles, all on special teams. He did not play a defensive snap. From 2010-2011, Francois played in 19 games and made three starts at inside linebacker.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at email@example.com.