The very fact the Green Bay Packers renegotiated defensive end Johnny Jolly's contract to a reasonable $710,000 and kept him on their 80-man off-season roster is proof enough that they are open to giving him a second chance.
After he was reinstated from suspension, the Packers could have cited his $2.51 million salary as a reason to let him go and washed their hands of him forever. But Jolly, who missed three seasons due to a suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse program, remains on the roster and will sometime in the near future meet with general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy.
On the first day of the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, Thompson and McCarthy said they had not met with Jolly yet because of some details that need to be worked out, but that they will at some time. It's likely Jolly has to work with a judge on the terms of leaving Houston given he is on probation for several drug arrests.
"He has to come to Green Bay, and there's going to be some meeting," McCarthy said. "As with any player, you go through a medical process. 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."
Finley's future: If there's any doubt tight end Jermichael Finley will be back in a Packers uniform this season, it was all but eliminated when McCarthy talked about his hopes for him in the future.
McCarthy once again praised Finley and the job he did the second half of the season. After talking about how much Finley had changed after the bye week, McCarthy was asked what he saw Finley's role being next season.
Johnny Jolly's future still being worked out
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Mar 18