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Johnny Jolly reinstated by the NFL after serving jail time

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Whether anyone wants to hire a 30-year-old defensive tackle who hasn’t played since 2009 remains to be seen.

But Johnny Jolly now has the ability to look for a chance.

According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the former Packer was reinstated by the NFL, effective Monday.

Jolly was suspended indefinitely in 2010, and served six months after a string of arrests for illegal possession of codeine.

He applied for reinstatement in June, and will now be given a chance to look for work.

Even if he doesn’t find anyone willing, the good news is that he’s gotten his life turned around to the point where a comeback is something that can be discussed.

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13 Responses to “Johnny Jolly reinstated by the NFL after serving jail time”
  1. mvp43 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:11 PM

    The Packers still own his rights, so I’m sure they’ll kick the tires. Before his stupidity, he was developing into a decent player.

  2. raiderinva says: Feb 27, 2013 6:18 PM

    If Al Davis was still alive Johnny Jolly would already be wearing the Silver and Black.

    For a team like the Raiders he is a fit. Hopfuly he can return to form, he knows how to win, hopefuly is hungry for a second chance, and would come at the right price for a salary cap strapped team.

  3. trevor123698 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:20 PM

    there is a tiny chance he makes it back but good luck to him. he probably needs some money

  4. illogic87 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:21 PM

    Raider material

  5. minnesconsin says: Feb 27, 2013 6:23 PM

    Happy for the man. Absolute rubbish that it took the commish 9 months to reinstate him.

  6. jimmysee says: Feb 27, 2013 6:26 PM

    Hope Johnny gets the heck out of Houston, relocates to Green Bay, and spends the spring and summer months training in the Packers facility.

  7. daysend564 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:34 PM

    *ring*

    Cincinnati Bengals on the line

  8. tramonisland says: Feb 27, 2013 6:38 PM

    A beast on the D Line for a minimum contract. If he’s kept himself in shape, this guy is a perfect for Teddy’s squad.

  9. hansenbrothers says: Feb 27, 2013 6:56 PM

    If he’s remotely in shape, I’d love to see him back in the green and gold. That’s a big “if” though.

  10. axespray says: Feb 27, 2013 7:29 PM

    He’s probably a neat little rotational veteran guy at this point…

    Which isn’t bad – since he’ll probably be on a cheap contract … so if you’re a team that could use depth at D-Tackle – why not ?

  11. uwsptke says: Feb 27, 2013 7:35 PM

    Per Tom Silverstein, Jolly was tendered a contract at $2.521 million as an RFA before being suspended, his contract tolled. He’s still under contract with Green Bay for the time being, and they really need help at the position.

  12. doe22us says: Feb 27, 2013 8:20 PM

    No more purple drank.

  13. shavager says: Mar 1, 2013 5:13 PM

    He’s still under contract for Packers–give him a shot–maybe he can stay healthy–’betcha Neal’s hurt again this season. Can’t go wrong bringing him to camp, give him opportunity to see if he can play-even if he goes on the PSquad–he’s still got fresh legs at age 30.

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