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Williams, Jolly and Bigby Are No-Shows

Per Bedard:

The Packers held their first off-season practice today and the three players not in attendance were cornerback Tramon Williams, defensive end Johnny Jolly and safety Atari Bigby, according to several sources.All three players are restricted free agents that have not yet signed their contract tenders.

I refuse to care until June 15th, when the Packers can start decreasing their tender amounts. Then it will get interesting. Until then, these guys are missing voluntary sessions - no big deal.

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CSS's picture

Completely agree with the sentiment, but I really find Jolly’s reluctance to sign a ‘head scratcher’. Has his camp come out and indicated what the delay is related to? Does he really have a position of leverage in any sense of the word?

packeraaron's picture

It's a voluntary workout. Other than that, I have no idea.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Agree with the 'head scratcher' aspect on Jolly, Chris. Also, I would think Bigby would probably want to get in... guess not.

But yeah, really don't care at this point in time. Ain't my first rodeo, they'll get in.

PackerBacker58's picture

you would think BigBy would be there and i totally agree. He needs to be there to fight for that starting spot for safety cause Burnett has a very legitimate chance of taking the Starting position. That would be of course because he is a Ball Hawk

NickGBP's picture

3 isn't bad and none of them are critical to our team's success but you'd like them all to be there (like last year).

Bigby can stay home the rest of the season if he likes as far as Im concerned. I think Williams could benefit the most from being there.

packeraaron's picture

Tramon Williams isn't critical to the teams' success? Wow...

CSS's picture

Indeed. If anything this is the player with clear leverage. I don't know how you couldn't consider him #2 behined Woodson. Actually, he's the only known commodity behined Woodson.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Very true.

NickGBP's picture

My point is we don't have an Andre Johnson issue. Or he who shall not be named. All of our big guys are "happy" and putting in work.

I did say right below it that Williams would benefit most from being there in case you missed it.

PackersRS's picture

I say leave the others, bring Tramon...

dgtalmn's picture

Someone needs to explain "voluntary" to the coaches, owners, and news media since they do not seem to get it. Like you said, I'll be concern June 15th when it hits their pocketbooks.

Nypacker's picture

Totally off topic but I have to ask.... Aaron when is the next Packer Transplants? I miss the show :(

Ruppert's picture

Jeezez. You guys are making Atari Bigby out to be Jarrett Bush. Dude ain't that bad. We will need three safeties this year. Not as much as we need Tramon, but make no mistake...we will need Atari Bigby to play well this year, starter or not, if we are to fix our pass D problems from last year. He should be there. So should the other two guys. But he's not garbage.

Justin's picture

Johnny Jolly and Atari Bigby can stay at home and no-show for as long as they want, thats fine. While their missing voluntary workouts, that means more reps and attention for draftees such as Mike Neal and Morgan Burnett. However, I agree with the majority that Tramon is missing out on most of HIS opportunity. Step up and lead by example Tramon, now is your chance. Ok ok, so he has until June 15th before we absolutely has to be there. Sorry, but for someone who hasn't proven anything yet in his young career, he's def not winning my vote. Really wish we could have jumped back into the 1st round and snatched up Kyle Wilson, what a steal that would have been. Hopefully Underwood is maturing in his 2nd off-season.

chazman's picture

Agreed. It's not like there's no example of Green Bay rewarding players for not only their play but the way they conduct themselves as professionals. You just have to look at last year when Collins, wanting the big contract, sucked it up, acted professionally and got his contract this year. And I might add, Williams isn't exactly coming off a pro-bowl year. He could really help himself and solidify his position by attending. If he thinks he is going to be handed the starting cornerback job he needs to think of two words, Al Harris. If anyone can come back quickly it will be Al "the spleen" Harris.

longtymefan's picture

Williams is the most critical of the 3, then Jolly...

Atari can fall the way of his name sake for all I care

PackersRS's picture

I don't agree, LT. Without Atary, we again have 0 depth at S. Do you want Derrick Martin, Peprah and Bush on the field???

FITZCORE1252's picture

Agreed RS. My ideal scenario would be that Burnett comes in and quickly proves to be a flat out 'BALLER', subsequently giving the coach no choice but to start him. Atari would be nice to have around... as a backup. He's an average starter, very good for a backup option though (better him than the 3 you listed above).


Ron LC's picture

I'm not sure what Williams is up to. I guess he feels that with Harris still a question he has bargaining power. Jolly is not doing anything, or should I say GB, until his legal issues are resolved for the 2010 season. Bigby is the one head scratcher here. His on field performance does not warrent a long term high price deal. That has to be earned on the field. A goal he has failed to achieve regardless what his agent says.

Wiscokid's picture

Bigby is a "tin man". I wouldn't think a long term deal is not in the team's best interest. I do like Jolly, I just wish he could get his legal issues behind him. This thing has been going on forever. I also agree with the consensus opinion that Williams needs to get his butt into camp but Aaron is correct in saying nothing to panic about yet.

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