Friday, May 21, 2010
Pondering Jolly's future in Green Bay
By Kevin Seifert
Two developments this week make you wonder about defensive end Johnny Jolly's future with the Green Bay Packers.
The first was the position switch that left Ryan Pickett at left end, Jolly's 2009 position, and B.J. Raji at nose tackle. Pickett recently signed a four-year, $28 million contract extension and is assured of significant playing time in 2010. Where Jolly fits into a Pickett-Raji-Cullen Jenkins defensive line is uncertain at this point.
The second occurred Friday. As reported by Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jolly had his bond restrictions tightened as a result of "questionable behavior" while awaiting trial in Houston for felony drug possession. The trial was scheduled to begin Friday but has been pushed back to next week.
Prosecutors presented recent photographs of Jolly holding alcoholic drinks, a violation of his previous bond agreement. Among other penalties, Jolly must submit to a new round of drug and alcohol tests and also has a daily 12-hour curfew.
A restricted free agent, Jolly hasn't been participating in the Packers' offseason conditioning program nor organized team activities. Stay tuned.