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Packers still want to talk to Jolly before they bring him back

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Several steps have been taken that would lead defensive lineman Johnny Jolly back to the NFL.

But he has several more to take, beginning with a face-to-face meeting with Packers officials.

Jolly was reinstated by the league after serving six months in prison for felony possession of codeine. The Packers still controlled his contract since he was a restricted free agent at the time of his initial suspension, and they restructured that deal recently to make a comeback more financially viable.

But Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy want to hear from him first.

The first step is for everybody to sit down and talk, that sort of thing,” Thompson said, via Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “We don’t have any answers. I don’t think anybody has all the answers. But we’re going to talk to the man and find out all the stuff that we can find out in terms of his obligations and that sort of thing.

“Johnny was a good football player for us. But let’s take this step by step.”

That Jolly could find a role after no playing since 2009 might say as much about the Packers as Jolly himself, and they’re being careful to cover themselves.

“As with any player, you go through a medical process,” McCarthy said. “We’ll go through all that. I think it’s important to go through all that before we get into how we feel. Johnny, I’ve always considered him one of our guys, and everybody knows what he’s been through. It would be great if this opportunity works out. But as an organization, we have a responsibility to go through the process.”

Jolly has taken all the right steps so far, but the Packers are reasonably making sure they check off every box before they bring him back.

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  1. bradshawlives says: Mar 18, 2013 9:37 AM

    Hold on now….I thought the Packers were above having a convicted felon on their roster. You mean to tell me they’re just like any other team?

  2. mazblast says: Mar 18, 2013 9:39 AM

    “everybody knows what he’s been through”

    I hate that kind of passive-voice phrasing. It makes it sound like what he’s “been through” was not of his own making. The correct wording is “everybody knows what he put himself through”.

    There’s a big difference between “what I’ve been through” and “what I did and for which I got punished”. Unfortunately, all too many people use the former when what happened is the latter. It’s called “taking responsibility”, and I hope Jolly has done it.

  3. lightcleric says: Mar 18, 2013 9:50 AM

    Honestly no worse than what a ton of other players in the league have done and still do. I’m not condoning or excusing it, but if we’re going to have scenes like Josh Brent being on the Cowboys’ sideline, I think bringing this guy back is a non-issue as long as he does everything asked of him and stays out of trouble.

  4. greenmamba12 says: Mar 18, 2013 10:00 AM

    Wow, mazblast. That’s some ignorant sh*t right. There. Like you know what the guy has been through. Congrats you read the news saying he had some drugs around car or whatever. You don’t know anything except one side of the story, the media side. Ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? I bet when a situation like this would happen to your friend it would be much more complicated but with this guy its easy to write it off. Typical to see someone comment without fully realizing what they are saying. And super easy to judge someone else you don’t known give the guy a chance and maybe even the benefit of the doubt.

    Or would that be too hard for you, Mr. Perfect?

  5. anarchopurplism says: Mar 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    I wonder what the majority attitude in WI would be If Jolly were a Bengal?

  6. thejuddstir says: Mar 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    Packer posters need to understand that the majority of fans probably don’t have a problem with giving Jolly another chance. Their issue is more with how Packer fans are always lambasting other teams and their fans for having “felons” on their roster. Simple fact is the Packers are no different than any other team. Gotta laugh at “greenmamba12″‘s asinine post, blasting another poster for not knowing what really happened and suggesting that Jolly was just “in the wrong place at the wrong time”…and all the rest of us are “just believing what the media says about Jolly”………for your information greenmamba12, the courts put Jolly in prison and made him a convicted felon, not the media.

  7. hawaiifunfnull says: Mar 18, 2013 11:08 AM

    Can everyone acknowledge the difference between (A) a player who pleas guilty or is convicted and serves his time and (B) a player who never takes any responsibility for his actions, blames others and avoids serving his time? Jolly seems to be more type A than type B. If so, that bodes well for his future regardless of whether it includes playing professional football.

  8. bradshawlives says: Mar 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    thejuddstir is exactly right. Imagine what Packer fans would say if Jolly was a Cowboy.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 18, 2013 12:48 PM

    Of course they are – they’re putting together a Favre retirement basket, and need some fillers.

  10. lambeaurules says: Mar 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Sorry to burst all of the Packers fan haters bubble but I hope they give him a chance. He could have done a lot worse for sure. There are few players as well as people that I wouldn’t give a second chance but for the most part you have to remember that these instant millionaires are human and make mistakes. Some players do things in my mind that are unforgivable, Vick comes to mind. While I am willing too give him credit for turning his life around, what he did with those dogs is not forgivable. I respect him for getting on the right path but that doesn’t mean I can respect and understand what he did. Jolly messed up with pain killers, it got out of hand but he did not murder anyone nor did he harm any innocent animals. People need to know where and when the line is crossed here, some players have crossed that line and don’t deserve a second chance yet they got it. Who are we to judge really no matter what team ANY player plays for? We still buy the merchandise and still go to the games. Are we just as guilty then?

  11. GenXJay says: Mar 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    Predictable GB.
    TT brings in a prison prospect on the cheap & refuses to due payment on a high character player (a certain nameless #85).

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    Jolly is all we need to shutdown AP.

  13. contra74 says: Mar 18, 2013 2:54 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:Mar 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    Jolly is all we need to shutdown AP.
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    LOL! Yea, if Jolly ever get him to take his purple drank then MAYBE but otherwise, no chance that “D” can stop him.

  14. vikings1packers0 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:37 PM

    Jolly seems to be out of trouble for the moment. Once he starts getting the paychecks again…. same ol same ol.

  15. keevel says: Mar 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, who along with my Viking fan friends and Bears fan friends have never had an issue with giving a guy a 2nd chance. (see Benson, Cedric). Take responsibility, pay the price and move on.

    Packer fans do hold their team to a harsh standard and Erik Walden’s domestic violence arrest last year was a great cause for concern. As was Mike Neal’s PED suspension that he gave a lame ADD medication excuse for.

    Kenny Britt’s 7 arrests n 2 years would cause interesting reactions in GB.

  16. deltaoracle says: Mar 18, 2013 3:42 PM

    No D shuts down the game’s best back. Packers did better when Wilson returned. Will do better when Bishop and Perry return. Peterson ran wild and Pack won two of three. So lalala it doesn’t matter.

  17. cornerblitz says: Mar 18, 2013 4:10 PM

    bradshawlives says:
    Mar 18, 2013 9:37 AM

    Hold on now….I thought the Packers were above having a convicted felon on their roster. You mean to tell me they’re just like any other team?

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    Perhaps you’re too young to remember Koren Robinson? Or does the name Brett Favre ring a bell? Favre was never brought to court for abusing pain killers because he came clean first, but the packers are not above giving a good person/player a second chance (yes, I know “good person” is debatable if you’re hip to Favre’s whole story). I know y’all love to hate Packer fans, mainly because some of us are mouthy and dumb, but every team has fans like that. There are plenty of us who are not like that and for the most part remain quiet, realistic and respectful. Packers just have a lot of fans in general and their really isn’t much to do around here in the Winter time, especially during the off season, so the kids get excited. Give the mouthy children a break, uh? And it would be wise to shut up if you are one of them. Speak intelligently please, y’all are annoying to everybody! The only reason we’re aren’t hearing from Philly fans lately is the obvious.

  18. northstarnic says: Mar 18, 2013 6:53 PM

    Good fit for the pack. Stay classy Green Bay.

  19. lambeauandlombardi says: Mar 18, 2013 8:02 PM

    It is becoming quite obvious that there are a growing number of Viking`s fans who can`t wait to check PFT for any story that mentions the Green Bay Packers. They are ready to pounce, whether it is about a player the Packers have had or may have or are about to have on their roster. If the story is about Green Bay or Lambeau Field or Wisconsin, they are ready with their obnoxious comments. If a current player does something good in the community or in their hometown, out come the snide comments. Any comments I make about stories on this sight are directed to the imbeciles who fired first.
    The only thing that can explain it is out and out jealousy. It is not Packer`s fans fault that your beloved Vikings have gone over 50 years without a championship. It is not our fault that your team is 0-4 in the Superbowl. It is not our fault that your team`s stadium is not a must see venue like Lambeau Field is. It is not our fault that your team doesn`t have the national following that the Packers have. So worry about your own team, your own players, your own city. Rivalry talk is for fans of teams that have something in common. Given the success that Packers have had and the lack of success the Vikings have had, this has become a one way street.

  20. GenXJay says: Mar 18, 2013 9:31 PM

    Lions&lambs, keep ur Packer long drawn chatter to yourself. We’re not green w/envy about living in moldy cheese history. Live in future b/c we love it when your face turns purple!

  21. tangysizzl says: Mar 18, 2013 9:33 PM

    Im a Packers fan that doesn’t buy the holier than thou attitude that some of our fans seem to have about the team. The Packers are different than every other team in the league for various reasons, thats a fact but that doesn’t mean you have to act like a jagoff and talk smack every chance you get. Do you feel better about yourselves?

    I do my share of smack talk but its usually me firing back at someone else whos talking smack first. Im not into cyber bullying which is what most of the comments on this site amount to.

    As for Jolly, I realize he had/has a serious problem but if he can prove thats behind him than im all for giving him another chance. Only if he agrees to move the hell out of Houston Texas though, way to easy to fall back into your old routine their.

  22. chi01town says: Mar 18, 2013 11:53 PM

    Desperation… the Packers are getting drug addicts stait from prison STILL HIGH off that purple
    to play for them almost free of charge. Jolly is a joke

  23. cornerblitz says: Mar 19, 2013 11:42 AM

    chi01town says:
    Mar 18, 2013 11:53 PM

    Desperation… the Packers are getting drug addicts stait from prison STILL HIGH off that purple
    to play for them almost free of charge. Jolly is a joke

    ========================

    Lame. What are you 12 years old? This sort of smack talk is just boring and it only makes yourself look like an idiot. Would you actually say something like that if we could all see you in person? You wanna talk about purple and run ins with the law? Between the Dennis Green and Mike Tice era there is PLENTY of material to work with. Sheesh. Talk smack but at least make it entertaining.

  24. contra74 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:38 PM

    cornerblitz says:Mar 19, 2013 11:42 AM

    chi01town says:
    Mar 18, 2013 11:53 PM

    Desperation… the Packers are getting drug addicts stait from prison STILL HIGH off that purple
    to play for them almost free of charge. Jolly is a joke

    ========================

    Lame. What are you 12 years old? This sort of smack talk is just boring and it only makes yourself look like an idiot. Would you actually say something like that if we could all see you in person? You wanna talk about purple and run ins with the law? Between the Dennis Green and Mike Tice era there is PLENTY of material to work with. Sheesh. Talk smack but at least make it entertaining.
    —-
    Lame is you thinking its only Viking fans that post negatively at Packer threads. Look at his screen name, not a Viking fan.

  25. cornerblitz says: Mar 20, 2013 4:25 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 19, 2013 2:38 PM
    cornerblitz says:Mar 19, 2013 11:42 AM

    Lame is you thinking its only Viking fans that post negatively at Packer threads. Look at his screen name, not a Viking fan.

    ——————————–

    I wasn’t meaning to imply he was/is a Vikings fan, I didn’t even look, the “purple” part of the comment is what brought that to mind, it was just a general example. But good one! The burnage is killing me.

  26. tiggerblood says: Apr 7, 2013 9:41 PM

    Hello court system and the government is corrupt, not saying he didn’t do it but I put no faith in the courts government and media to tell me the truth or to do the right thing.

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