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March 15, 2013

Colts busy in free agency

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INDIANAPOLIS — What makes Jean-Francois so valuable, especially in Coach Chuck Pagano's 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme, is that he is big and physical enough to play inside at defensive tackle or nose tackle but also has the athletic skills to move outside to defensive end if needed.

"Ricky is [an] quick, aggressive and extremely powerful player," Grigson said. "He has been a mainstay the last four years with a dominant NFL defense with a lot of special players.

"He not only has familiarity with our [defensive] scheme and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, but he is versatile enough to play any of our defensive line positions. At 26 years old, we feel the arrow is point straight up and we're looking forward to him making a big impact for us this coming season."

Jean-Francois -- who signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Colts -- admitted during a teleconference Thursday afternoon that he can't wait to get started.

“The Colts are coming up on the rise. They’ve got a great quarterback. They are building their defense. The Colts have always been known for their offense but sometime we’ve got to change the trend and become a defensive team too. They’ve got a lot of great coaches after sitting down and talking with them. I talked to Greg Manusky, a guy that coached me [in San Francisco] when I first got into the league," he said.

"He gave me my first shot. Me and him were laughing a majority of the time. Drake Nevis, it was good to see him once again and to be playing beside him again. And Coach [Pagano], I loved him just talking to him and hearing what he was saying. It was like I already knew who he was because he coached down at Miami and he knew a lot of the things I already knew.”

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