Packers own Jolly's contract if reinstated

June, 19, 2012
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As you might have heard, suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has applied to the NFL for reinstatement. Brad Biggs has the story for the National Football Post. The Green Bay Packers retain the rights to Jolly's contract and would have the exclusive opportunity to retain him if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell allows him back into league.

I have no idea if the Packers have any interest in a player who hasn't appeared in a game since 2009. But they have certainly been aggressive about upgrading their defensive line this offseason, and Jolly is a relatively young 29 years old. He told the Post that he weighs 332 pounds, which is seven pounds heavier than his listed weight of 325.

We've traced Jolly's story a number of times. He has struggled with addiction to codeine, causing a number of legal problems in Houston that ultimately resulted in a six-year prison sentence. He was released in May after serving six months and is now on probation for the next 10 years.

The "Outside the Lines" video accompanying this post is one of several features ESPN has done on Jolly's situation. We'll keep you updated on any action the NFL and/or Packers might take.

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