Johnny Jolly was scheduled to appear in Harris County, Texas court today on a charge of posessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The suspended Packers defensive end was arrested in Houston early Friday morning. Following a routine traffic stop, police found a bottle containing 600 grams of codeine under the seat. Another bottle with an unidentified substance was found in the driver's side door. At the same time Jolly was planning to file for reinstatement after getting suspended for the 2010 season under the NFL's personal conduct policy violation, he was carting around another cache of codeine which got him into trouble in the first place. Back in 2008, Jolly was arrested with 200 grams of codeine, the prescription only medication that is mixed with fruit flavored soda to create a street drug that has some catchy nicknames, like Purple Drank, Sizzurp and pardon the pun....Jolly Rancher. Quaffing purple drank creates an apparent high that must be awfully hard to resist. Jolly was tried once on the original charge, a mis-trial was ordered and he was charged again, all while playing the 2008 and 2009 seasons for the Packers. The second trial ended with a pretrial diversion accepted by the Houston native. A plea bargain of sorts that had Jolly avoid jail time, had the charges dismissed, he was ordered to do 160 hours of community service and was placed on probation pending any further legal proceedings. A conviction on the charge could have resulted in a 20 year prison term. So much for taking responsibility for your actions. Now Jolly's been arrested with three times the amount of codeine from the first case and he's headed for real trouble. Here's a guy with a gift to play a game, for which he made approximately $559,000 dollars in 2009. That was a year in which Jolly set himself up for a multi-million dollar contract, starting all 16 games, racking up 75 tackles, a sack, an athletic interception, a forced fumble, two recoveries and a club record 11 passes knocked down by a defensive lineman. Rather than straighten up and cash in on his physical gifts, Johnny Jolly is almost certainly headed for the hoosegow because a shot of Sizzurp must mean more to him than being a part of a Super Bowl championship team. The Packers have not commented on Jolly's second arrest but if they are entertaining any thoughts of bringing him back on the team, they're crazy. Jolly needs help far more than he needs football, or the Packers need him. I'll keep you posted on his court proceedings.
The Packers learned Friday they'll receive a 4th round compensatory draft pick for losing Aaron Kampman to free agency last year. Kampman signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars after making the Pro Bowl for a second time in Green Bay. He was coming off a major knee injury, played about two-thirds of the season and got hurt again. The pick will come at the end of round 4, 34th in the round and 131st overall. It's the third highest compensatory pick awarded by the league. Carolina will get a third round pick for losing Julius Peppers to Chicago and Tennessee will get a pick one slot ahead of Green Bay in the 4th after losing several free agents before the 2010 season. The comp pick gives General Manager Ted Thompson 9 choices in the 7 rounds beginning April 28. Single picks in rounds 1-3, the two picks in round 4, single choices in rounds 5 and 6 and two picks in the 7th, their own and Carolina's 7th round pick for long snapper J.J. Jansen. Our draft room is opening soon, work is underway for the annual draft preview series which debuts on the air April 25. We'll post the installments leading up to the Packers draft, at this point, the final event on the NFL calendar until the lockout is resolved.