Biggs: Jolly ol' court date gets postponed
Johnny Jolly’s court hearing in Houston on felony possession of at least 200 grams of codeine has been postponed until March 8, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, creating what he writes is a bit of a quandary for the organization.
What do the Packers do with Jolly in regards to free agency when they don’t know how things will go for the defensive lineman in court in the case stemming from his bust outside a nightclub in July 2008. Jolly was to have a pretrial hearing on Thursday, one that had been postponed from late January, and his lawyer requested and was granted another date.
Teams have until March 4 to tender offers to restricted free agents. Had things moved quickly with Jolly – although it’s a little farfetched to think the wheels of justice would spin that smoothly – perhaps the team would have known the outcome of the case by then.
Jolly faces potential discipline from the league if he’s found guilty, not to the threat of some time behind bars. Dougherty speculates that the team will place the second-round tender on Jolly – with a salary of $1.759 million – making it unlikely another team will attempt to sign him away. They could potentially gamble with a lower tender if they think a guilty verdict and suspension might keep him out for four games.
Our feeling is that if the Packers like Jolly at $1.759 million, they like him there no matter how they feel the court case will be resolved. We’ll have to stay tuned a few weeks to find out how the front office feels about it.
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