Packers release Jean Francois, add Pankey, practice squad player

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

We don't know how the Packers NFC Championship game rematch with the Falcons Sunday night in Atlanta will turn out; but we do know this much will be different about the Packers defense, Ladarius Gunter will not be the team's number one corner.

When word broke on Tuesday that the Packers were releasing veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, it seemed that the reason for the move might be the need to open a roster spot for wide receiver Geronimo Allison's return from suspension. Gunter was released by the Green Bay Packers the day before. After not making Green Bay's final cuts, he was signed to the practice squad.

The former University of Miami cornerback signed with the Packers after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Jean-Francois was a seventh round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Gano has been Carolina's kicker since 2012 but missed three field goals in the season finale previous year prompting the team to draft Butker. He registered 54 tackles, 12 passes defended and two forced fumbles in 16 games last season, starting 15 times.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed, but released Greene before the season after he spent the summer with the Eagles camp. His best game from a tackles standpoint was Green Bay's Week 11 loss to Washington, as he tallied seven combined tackles.

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