GREEN BAY – As it turns out, Chris Canty didn’t so much spurn the Green Bay Packers as the team’s doctors turned him down – or his knee, more accurately.
Canty signed a reported three-year, $8 million deal with the defending Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, following his fourth free-agent visit. The ex-New York Giants defensive end first visited the Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs and the Packers.
But unlike the Chiefs, Titans and Ravens, the Packers medical staff would not sign off on a knee injury Canty suffered and the Packers decided not to make him an offer after his visit last week, according to an NFL source. NFL Network’s Albert Breer was first to report that Canty’s knee had been an issue for the Green Bay medical staff.
After not pursuing another free-agent defensive end – ex-Packers and -Eagles end Cullen Jenkins – the Packers may have to count on recently reinstated Johnny Jolly to bolster their defensive line. An NFL source said Jolly, who agreed to have his 2013 salary reduced from $2.5 million to $715,000, will be in Green Bay for the team’s offseason program, which kicks off on April 15.
Jolly hasn’t played in the NFL since 2009, having missed the last three NFL seasons after being suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
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