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Packers Taking it Slowly with Johnny Jolly

Johnny Jolly

The Green Bay Packers will not be having sex with you on the first date, no matter how much drank they consume, Johnny Jolly. That decision has been made.

They’ve been burned by men like you before, Johnny. Now they are wiser and their panties will not drop so easily this time.

The Packers are seriously considering keeping the newer and soberer Johnny Jolly around, but they’re being cautious. According to GM Ted Thompson, the first step is having a conversation with Jolly.

“Johnny was a good football player for us,” Thompson said. “But let’s take this step by step. … The first step is for everybody to sit down and talk, that sort of thing. 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.”

Obviously, there are no guarantees for Jolly, but we do know this. The Packers are looking for ways to improve their defensive line and if they didn’t think Jolly at least gave them a chance to do that, they’d have released him already.

Instead, they restructured his contract and lowered his salary to the $700,000 range. That takes any burden off the team’s salary cap.

It’s anybody’s guess what Jolly can do on a football field — he last played four years ago when he was 26. Jolly, does, however have some allies on the Packers. Specifically, coach Mike McCarthy.

“I think it’s important to go through all that before we get into how we feel,” McCarthy said. “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.”

The message seems pretty clear. Get your ass in shape, stay sober and you’ve got a shot, Johnny.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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10 Comments

  1. Abe Frohman March 19, 2013

    What’s the harm if you can get a potential starter for the league minimum? If he sucks, cut him in training camp. What’s the downside?

  2. hubie March 19, 2013

    There is NO risk here

  3. Packer Bob March 19, 2013

    He missed out on a Superbowl ring because of his drug addiction. He wasn’t even sure if he would ever play in the NFL again. Perhaps he can use that to motivate himself. He’s been given a second chance to play for a team this is a contender. This is about as good as it gets for guy in his situation.

  4. Savage57 March 19, 2013

    if he makes it back to the Packers, it’ll be Karmic justice for all the shit going down lately

  5. FITZCORE1252 March 19, 2013

    Yep, I see no downside in bringing him to camp. Maybe he and his fresh legs will be on a mission.

  6. DevilDon March 19, 2013

    Tell ya what: No downside here whatsoever. Packers need DL help with Worthy being out for some time and Jolly was a force back in the day. Hellz yes give him a shot.

  7. the real russ letlow March 20, 2013

    agree with everyone. this is a no risk no-brainer. give the dude a shot. cut him if he sucks.

  8. Tucson Packer March 20, 2013

    Guess we’re all drinking the syzurp here. Yes, go for it. Nothing to lose and he may have a big enough chip on his shoulder/point to prove, that he may be back and better than ever before.

  9. nurseratchett March 22, 2013

    Why not give the guy a chance. Lay off the purple drank, bust some ass on the field, & what a come back story bob costas will have!

  10. David Denyes March 26, 2013

    I personally have witnessed Johnny’s walk in sobriety and look forward to seeing him lay that first hit Hey Johnny, don’t forget my jersey.