The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Packers restricted free-agent DE Johnny Jolly signed his tender just before the deadline, according to Jolly’s agent, Brian Overstreet. Jolly, whose future is in limbo pending trial for felonious possession of codeine, will be paid $2.5 million, although it is not guaranteed. Had he not signed his tender, Jolly could have received $589,501 from the Packers, which is 110 percent of his 2009 base salary.
The Packers have two other restricted free agents — starting S Atari Bigby and No. 3 CB Tramon Williams — who did not sign by the deadline.
Jolly is coming off a solid 2009 season, having led Packers defensive linemen with 39 tackles and setting a single-season record for a D-lineman with 11 passes defended (according to team statistics). But taking into account his current legal problems, which at the very least are likely to result in some sort of suspension by the league, the Packers have moved former starting NT Ryan Pickett to Jolly’s left end spot, with 2009 first-round draft pick B.J. Raji moving into the starting NT role, at least for the time being.
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