Defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois, whom the Indianapolis Colts released, will reportedly make free-agent visits to the 49ers, the Seahawks and Washington this week.
Jean-Francois played his first four NFL season with the 49ers, arriving in 2009 as a seventh-round draft pick. Jean Francois was mostly a reserve during his time with the 49ers before signing a lucrative free-agent contract with the Colts in 2013.
He started five games in four seasons with the 49ers. In the past two seasons with the Colts, Jean-Francois started 23 of the 26 games in which he appeared. He was scheduled to make $5.5 million this season before the Colts released him.
Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan, who was responsible for selecting Jean-Francois in the draft, is now in the same position with Washington. NFL Network reported the 49ers and Washington will be Jean Francois’ first two free-agent visits.
Jean-Francois is eligible to negotiate and sign with any team ahead of the free-agent signing period because he was released. Scheduled free agents, who remain under contract to their teams, are not allowed to begin negotiating with other teams until March 7.
The 49ers are looking to add to their defensive line in free agency and/or the draft. The 49ers released defensive lineman Ray McDonald late in the season after he became the target of a second police investigation during the season.
Also, veteran Justin Smith is scheduled to enter the final season of his contract. He is contemplating retirement, and his set to meet with 49ers coach Jim Tomsula shortly to discuss his plans.