Though their names pop up from time-to-time, since their contracts are up, you can forget restricted free agents like Vincent Jackson or Elvis Dumervil.
Let’s start with Packers DE Johnny Jolly. Not a huge name, I know, but a reliable, stout run-plugger who’s still just 27 years old and could fill what’s become a void with Richard Seymour’s departure and the probability that Jarvis Green will follow him out the door.
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers plan to extend a second-round tender to Jolly, and the main reason he won’t be given a higher offer is because of legal problems in his native Texas.
At 6-foot-3 and 325 pounds, it stands to reason that Jolly could easily become a starter at a 5-technique end opposite Ty Warren, and even fill it at the nose in spots. Now, the Patriots would have to reach a comfort level with Jolly’s court case, and feel like he was in OK shape there, but judging by how the club values defensive linemen, and what this guy could bring you, I don’t think it’s out of the question that they would value him at a second-round level.
I’m gonna dig for more of these for you guys to peruse. See you in a bit.