From Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette:
Green Bay Packers suspended defensive end Johnny Jolly has begun the reinstatement process and hopes to play in the NFL next season.
His agent, Brian Overstreet, told the Press-Gazette this morning that they are in the process of filing paperwork with the league and were optimistic that Jolly’s suspension will end.
“We’re in the process of doing it now, and we’re hopeful of that,” Overstreet said.
What is interesting about the Jolly situation is that earlier this season his representatives told Cheesehead TV point blank that, once reinstated, Jolly would be set to become a free agent. Their contention was that his status would be the same as any other suspended player. (For example, when a player is suspended four games in-season, he is considered a suspended member of the team.)
However an NFL source told Bob McGinn that, once reinstated, Jolly would be considered Packers property with one year remaining on his contract. Effectively, his suspension would have put his contract "on hold".
If Jolly's representatives want to fight this, I'm pretty sure they would lose. The difference between an in-season suspension and Jolly's situation is pretty obvious. When a player is suspended during the year, he is still counting toward the 53 man roster limit. Jolly was never part of the 53 and indeed spent the entire season away from the team.
All that said, the quotes from Jolly's agent to Demovsky certainly make it seem like they are hoping the Packers bring Jolly back.
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