But will it be the Packers writing the check?
Johnny Jolly has been nothing short of a revelation this season. Converting to the defensive end position in a 3-4 defense, just about the un-sexiest of jobs in NFL, could not have made Jolly happy last summer. But unlike Cullen Jenkins, Jolly never really aired any beef about the switch or the scheme, either in the offseason or earlier in the year. He's simply gone about the business of dominating. We saw hints of it in the preseason, but he has absolutely taken his game to the proverbial 'next level' this season.
Yes, he has his off-field issues to deal with. Yes, he's MAYBE in a contract year. (Depending on what happens with the CBA)
The Packers should pay the man.
Yes, Pickett deserves to get paid as well - but his replacement is on the roster in the form of B.J. Raji, who has looked more and more comfortable at the nose the last three weeks. Don't get me wrong - I'd love to have Pickett back at a Packer-friendly rate. But Jolly is just entering his prime and helps hold down a line that is currently part of the league's number one ranked run defense. He's made incredibly athletic plays almost routine. And behind him? Jarius Wynn has been nothing but solid and nothing close to special. The drop off is severe.
I know fans worry about the supposed attitude and the off-the-field stuff, but as Donald's Designated Driver puts it:
...having a player with a little (or a lot) of a nasty streak isn't the worst thing in the world for a defense.
Completely agree. Now if he could just be taught to NOT headbut people after the defense has just made a huge 3rd down stop, we'll be on our way.
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