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Packers restructure Jolly’s deal, an indication he might stay

Johnny Jolly AP

The Packers haven’t declared that they’re bringing Johnny Jolly back, but they just made it easier to swallow if they did.

When Jolly was suspended in 2010 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, he had been tendered a $2.521 million contract as a restricted free agent. Since that contract tolled during his suspension, the Packers retained his rights.

Now, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, that deal has been restructured to $715,000, a transaction that was completed yesterday.

The 30-year-old Jolly was reinstated last month, after spending six months in prison on felony possession of codeine charges.

The fact they went to the trouble to submit paperwork could be an indication the Packers are willing to give him another chance, one that won’t cost them much.

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44 Responses to “Packers restructure Jolly’s deal, an indication he might stay”
  1. contra74 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    HAHAHAHA. So much for Packer fans trolling on Viking moves.

  2. wheresmyjuice says: Mar 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    As a Packers fan and fellow humanitarian, I hope he gets a second chance- wherever it is- and makes the best of it!

  3. kotcha23 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:05 PM

    It’s a good move. He’ll be looking to prove himself after everything that went down. He genuinely seemed like he had an addiction and just didn’t get the help he needed until it was too late.

  4. burningrangers says: Mar 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    He isn’t very good at getting to the QB, but was pretty solid against the run and batted a lot of balls down in 2009. Bring him in for camp and see what he’s got left in the tank since defensive line is one of the thinner groups on the team.

  5. wiguy25 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:14 PM

    He’s a doper you people

  6. acmepackers says: Mar 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    As a Packer fan, I hope the staff keeps cough syrup and Kool-aid out of training camp.

  7. themagicfanguy says: Mar 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    @contra As long as the Packers have more titles and success than the Vikings(In other words, forever), fans can troll all they want.

  8. 52lightsxout52 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    Yes!!! This might seem like an insane move by Thompson, but I was hoping they would give this guy another shot. He was a stud when he played and was a great locker room guy, well-liked by his teammates.
    PackerNation welcomes you back JJ and we pray for your continued health (on and off the field) and much success!

  9. mvp43 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    Doesn’t hurt to kick the tires.

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    Packer fans may no longer comment on Jerome Simpson.

  11. justafanofitall says: Mar 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    They just made it easier for other teams to acquire him. They don’t want him…he is just an average player. Won’t be on the team by season start.

  12. milkcan44 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:20 PM

    The only knuckleheads like this the Packers will take are those directly connected to Ted Thompson – Koren Robinson being a previous one.
    Unlikely he makes the team.

  13. raylangivens2 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    He spent 6 months in prison for possessing something you can buy OTC in Canada and much of Europe. I sleep better at night knowing dangerous criminals like him are in prison.

  14. binkystevens says: Mar 12, 2013 3:24 PM

    Apart from Having the best name ever for a D-lineman, this guy brought a tenacity to the Packers’ defense that is much needed today. Hope he makes the team; I’m all for second chances.

  15. thejuddstir says: Mar 12, 2013 3:28 PM

    Gotta laugh at the “always right” packer fans. when their team can’t or won’t sign someone, it’s “good ridance” but when they do something like bringing a drug dealing felon back it becomes “all for giving him a second chance”….but when it’s one of the other 31 teams, packer fans ridicule the hell out of them. Here’s hoping they do sign the felon. Packer fans like to think they are intelligent football fans but the rest of the league’s fans know just a little bit better than that. Go shovel those bleachers off you fools for minimum wage, it will get you your next 12pak of “milwaukee’s best”, LOL

  16. chi01town says: Mar 12, 2013 3:28 PM

    Jolly was a fool to redo his contract
    with greenbay.. he should know thats a setup. so greenbay wont have to pay him his 2 million when they cut him. It aint NO way Jolly puts that helmet on this season

  17. chris6523 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:32 PM

    The only knuckleheads like this the Packers will take are those directly connected to Ted Thompson – Koren Robinson being a previous one. Unlikely he makes the team.

    _________________________________

    Thompson drafted Jolly.

    This isn’t a foolish move by Thompson nor is it a stroke of genius. The risk:reward ratio on this one is extremely low. Nothing to lose by taking a look at the guy. Given that he’s been out of football for more than three years, it seems highly unlikely he will see the field again. Jolly is like any other street free agent. The Pack just gets a free look at him before anyone else.

  18. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2013 3:39 PM

    It’s odd. The Vikings haven’t win anything, and here their fans are talking smack.

    Christian Ponder.

    The end.

  19. chris6523 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    He spent 6 months in prison for possessing something you can buy OTC in Canada and much of Europe. I sleep better at night knowing dangerous criminals like him are in prison.

    ________________________________

    In Canada, you can get codeine which comes in a pill OTC. The pill is 8 mg codeine/325 mg aspirin. You can also get some sort of pill that contains a combination of codeine and caffeine. The reason these pills are available is the caffeine and/or aspirin reduces the sedating effect of the codeine. Jolly had about a pound of codeine. Enough for 60,000 or so of those pills. So, the statement about buying codeine OTC in Canada or Europe is inconsequential.

  20. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    Won*

  21. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    They probley just gave him a signing bonus as a parting gift!

  22. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2013 3:42 PM

    He was effective when he was playing, he would be great at getting hands up.

    I also believe that with Worthy being out a bit this season with an injury they do need the depth,

    Other words they will probably release him during pre-season cuts if nothing else.

  23. deltaoracle says: Mar 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    Viking fans – the prohibition on making sarcastic comments toward a team which has actually won at least one world championship is still in effect for you, for the 52nd year. Please act accordingly.
    Jolly may or may not have anything left, but with the Packers very needy on the DL it doesn’t hurt to find out. He’s getting a very rare third chance in life. I hope he realizes it and acts accordingly.

  24. gbmickey says: Mar 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    Chitown your Packer jealousy is quite unhealthy. Your posts are making less and less sense.

  25. irishgary says: Mar 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    @contra74

    Your post is pretty dumb, which is usual.

    It’s a no risk move by Thompson and another good move by him.

    Now The Vikings handling of percy was pure genious. We all know you’ll blow it on the draft picks and get nothign in return.

    Nice to see you guys down to one legit player and paying for a new stadium.

  26. tsi431 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    If Jolly committed a violent crime. I would agree with dumping him (battery, shooting, killing dogs, raping, etc). But drugs are an addiction, as is drinking, smoking, etc. They do deserve a second chance, however, he is on his third.

  27. contra74 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:Mar 12, 2013 3:39 PM

    It’s odd. The Vikings haven’t win anything, and here their fans are talking smack.

    Christian Ponder.

    The end.
    —-
    Heres one to ruffle your feathers – you can call it whatever you want but Seattle beat you fair and square. At least on paper. LOL

  28. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:Mar 12, 2013 3:39 PM

    It’s odd. The Vikings haven’t win anything, and here their fans are talking smack.

    Christian Ponder.

    The end.
    —-
    Heres one to ruffle your feathers – you can call it whatever you want but Seattle beat you fair and square. At least on paper. LOL

    Meh. I’m over it. New season, new optimism. At least for winning teams, like the Packers. The Seahawks and Vikings probably won’t get back to the playoffs.

  29. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:Mar 12, 2013 3:39 PM

    It’s odd. The Vikings haven’t win anything, and here their fans are talking smack.

    Christian Ponder.

    The end.
    ______

    NFL MVP.

    The story continues…

  30. hrmlss says: Mar 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    Contra,

    Packers will cut him. Viking’s will sign him. It’s the Circle of life.

  31. wafflestomp says: Mar 12, 2013 4:18 PM

    Nothing to see here people.
    Please move along.

  32. scoops1 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    People like a good comeback story…

  33. scoops1 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    People like a good comeback story…

  34. contra74 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    deltaoracle says:Mar 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    Viking fans – the prohibition on making sarcastic comments toward a team which has actually won at least one world championship is still in effect for you, for the 52nd year. Please act accordingly.
    —–
    If you actually care about history, the Vikings have 1 world championship. However, history revisionists such as the Packer fanbase will beg to differ. So, I pass your silly ‘test’

  35. stellarperformance says: Mar 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    Some of the best employees I have hired were ex-cons looking for a second chance when nobody else would look at them twice. Hard workers…not all, but many. I hope he falls into the category of taking advantage of a second lease on life. He would be a great addtion…if he is in decent shape.

  36. stellarperformance says: Mar 12, 2013 5:21 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM
    If you actually care about history, the Vikings have 1 world championship. However, history revisionists such as the Packer fanbase will beg to differ. So, I pass your silly ‘test’
    //////////////////////////////////////

    You failed to mention the annual championship nearly always won by Vikings fans….Beating Dead Horses.

    Good job…as always.

  37. 52lightsxout52 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    If you actually care about history, the Vikings have 1 world championship. However, history revisionists such as the Packer fanbase will beg to differ.

    Oh. oh… koo-koo alert!

  38. atthemurph says: Mar 12, 2013 5:50 PM

    chris6523 says:

    In Canada, you can get codeine which comes in a pill OTC. The pill is 8 mg codeine/325 mg aspirin. You can also get some sort of pill that contains a combination of codeine and caffeine. The reason these pills are available is the caffeine and/or aspirin reduces the sedating effect of the codeine. Jolly had about a pound of codeine. Enough for 60,000 or so of those pills. So, the statement about buying codeine OTC in Canada or Europe is inconsequential.
    ————————————————————

    Actually Jolly had a 14oz of soda and 4 oz of cough syrup. In Texas they measure the entire drink/package and not the actual drug content.

  39. bordner says: Mar 12, 2013 6:00 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM
    deltaoracle says:Mar 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    If you actually care about history, the Vikings have 1 world championship. However, history revisionists such as the Packer fanbase will beg to differ. So, I pass your silly ‘test’
    ——————–
    When is this alleged World Championship that they won? Are you counting the NFL Championship the year they lost (what history and everyone else outside of Minnesota recognizes as the real World Championship) to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl? By that logic, does that give the Packers 2 more World Championships in addition to their victories in Super Bowl I & II? So we’re up to 15 now? I like the way you revise things!

    The Vikings are the longest-existing team in any of the 4 major North American sports leagues to have never won the ultimate title game in their sport. Nice.

  40. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 12, 2013 6:20 PM

    You people are too gullible.

    This was strictly a deal to reduce the cap number.

    Kicking the tires hasn’t begun yet.

  41. axespray says: Mar 12, 2013 6:43 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:03 PM
    “HAHAHAHA. So much for Packer fans trolling on Viking moves.”
    ————————————
    Last I checked – our moves pay off in championships – your moves pay off in either excuses or incessant whining.

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:46 PM

    Viking fans seem a little extra sensitive today. I wonder why. :)

  43. pshark5 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:04 AM

    I think for any young African-American having to live in Green Bay would drive them to drug use and/or heavy drinking. I wish Jolly well and hope he get’s out of that inbred, white trash hell.

  44. jjh1982 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:08 AM

    You have to love this, the column has nothing to do with the Minnesota Vikings but yet here’s there scab fans writing comments about it, nothing better to do

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