Johnny Jolly reinstated by NFL after serving time for drug charges
The former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was suspended indefinitely by the league in 2010, following a series of arrests on illegal possession of codeine. Johnny Jolly applied for a reinstatement by the NFL, last June after serving a six-year sentence, and will be now looking for a comeback in the league. However, Johnny Jolly was a restricted free agent at the time of his suspension, so the Green Bay Packers still have the rights to his 2010 tender at $2.5 million.
Johnny Jolly was a solid starter and key contributor for the Green Bay Packers, since being selected in the sixth round of the 2006 drafts by the team. He had his best season in a four-year career in 2009, registering one sack and only pick of his career against Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
But that was the last season Johnny Jolly played in the league. While the Green Bay Packers could give him a shot at training camp, there is plenty of talent across the league at the position, especially at 29, few teams are going to take the risk. Plus, Johnny Jolly’s criminal record could be a major turn off for most teams.
The former Texas A&M prospect Johnny Jolly was arrested three times over the course of four years on possession of a controlled substance containing codeine.
The first drug charges came in July 2008, when police discovered a mixture containing codeine in Johnny Jolly’s car following an arrest outside a Houston nightclub. After being suspended by the NFL, Johnny Jolly was arrested again during March 2011, after the police found a 600 grams of codeine hidden under the passenger seat during a search of his car. Although Johnny Jolly nearly avoided jail time by reaching a deal for probation with the prosecutors in May, he again ran into trouble.
During October 2011, Johnny jolly was arrested during at a traffic stop in Houston on illegal possession of substance containing codeine. Charges of tampering with evidence were also slapped on after police officers witnessed Johnny Jolly chucking the bag containing codeine out of the car window.
Johnny Jolly was released from prison last May ,after the judge reduced his six-year jail sentenced to a 10 years of probation and 200 hours of community service.
He recorded 113 tackles and 2.0 sacks while with the Green Bay Packers.