BBAO: On Johnny Jolly's reinstatement

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We've got plenty of Green Bay Packers news going on these days. Hopefully you saw tight end Jermichael Finley's strong, if predictable, stance on taking a pay cut for 2013 -- he said he won't -- late Wednesday night. Now let's circle back on the NFL's decision to reinstate Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, as Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com notes, from its indefinite suspension list.

Jolly, 30, hasn't played in three seasons but the Packers retain his rights because he was a restricted free agent at the time of his suspension. As many of you have noted, Jolly was a good, productive player before a codeine addiction halted his career. He plays a position the Packers have a clear need at this offseason and would have a decent chance of making the team if he can recapture his previous form.

The Packers can't comment on the situation because the reinstatement is not effective until Monday. There wouldn't be any downside into giving him an offseason look, other than the salary-cap space associated with his contract when the new league year starts next month, but three years is a long stretch of inactivity no matter what the reason. You would have to consider Jolly a long shot to help the Packers in 2013.

Continuing around the NFC North: