GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Defensive back Tommories 'Mossy' Cade, who is serving a two-year prison term for sexual assault, will not play for the Green Bay Packers again, and the team is trying to trade him, a club official said Tuesday.
Tom Braatz, executive of football operations, said he has been trying to trade Cade for the past month, but only one team has expressed interest.
The issue arose because Cade's agent, Jon Teer, asked the club to clarify Cade's status before an April 1 hearing in which Brown County Circuit Judge Richard Greenwood will consider a request to shorten Cade's sentence.
'I think the hearing is coming up in April, that's why the noise is now,' Braatz said.
Braatz said Packers President Robert Parins has prepared a statement saying Cade would not play for the Packers again.
'The statement that Judge Parins made was a statement that they asked us to make that had something to do with the judicial system,' he said.
The State Parole Board denied Cade's request in December for early parole, but will review the request again this summer. To be elgible for parole, Cade must show he has some form of employment waiting when he is released.
'Cade could find a construction job in Milwaukee and still have a job waiting for him when he got out and that's what I told Teer,' Braatz said.
'The Packers cannot help him get an early release and that's what it comes down to. But we are trying to trade him and it's not an easy thing to do,' he said.
A jury last summer convicted Cade of two counts of second-degree sexual assault for attacking a 42-year-old aunt from Houston, Tex., when she visited his De Pere home in November 1985. Under state law, Cade will be released Nov. 28 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.
Cade still faces trial on a perjury charge for allegedly lying at his trial and will enter a plea to the charge March 24. In addition, the Houston woman has filed a $2 million civil lawsuit against Cade.
Braatz said Teer wanted permission from the Packers to try to negotiate his own trade for Cade, but Braatz said he turned down the request.
'There isn't any player-agent anywhere that is going to negotiate a trade for a club,' he said.
Braatz said only one team expressed interest when he began approaching other NFL clubs about a month ago. He said Coach Lindy Infante is continuing the trade efforts at the league's annual meeting in Phoenix.
'Now Lindy is out at the league meetings talking to teams face up this week. So I don't know if he'll do any better than I did by phone, but by telephone I only had one team interested,' he said.
Braatz said the difficulty in reaching any trade agreement is the uncertainty of Cade's playing future. He said whenever Cade is released from prison, he will have to appear before the NFL commissioner.
'The commissioner can rule at that time whether he can play immediately or whether he will suspend him for further time. So that's another hangup on trying to trade him because people don't know when they're going to get him,' he said.