Has the Donald Driver situation affected negotiations with Tori Gurley? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Packers sign six off practice squad, except Tori Gurley; Should something be read into that?

The Green Bay Packers signed six players off the practice squad today with the exception of Tori Gurley, the intriguing wide receiver out of South Carolina who has drawn a lot of interest by other teams around the league.

Is there a particular reason Gurley hasn’t been signed yet? Is there any connection between the future of Packers veteran Donald Driver and Gurley? Just asking.

Driver went on record this week about his future, saying he wanted to play until he’s 40 and if the Packers didn’t want him back, he would move on and play for another team. Driver is due a $2.2 million roster bonus in March with a $200,000 workout bonus, so does the fact that the Packers haven’t signed Gurley indicate that they are trying to work out some sort of deal with Driver?

Most are saying that unless Driver accepts a drastic reduction on his deal, he most likely will be gone, mainly because of the promising future of Gurley, as well as Diondre Borel.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers have exclusive negotiating rights with Gurley for a week after the season ends, then other teams may get involved in the bidding. The Vikings nearly snatched Gurley away during the season, but the Packers sweetened the pot so that Gurley would stay in Green Bay.

“I have no regrets,” Gurley said of his situation. “As a player, I developed so much in a short amount of time and I was fortunate to be with (Donald) Driver, Greg (Jennings) and A-Rod (Aaron Rodgers) and the other receivers. I really just matured from August until now.

“I look forward to building on that. I feel like I have a foundation. Now I just have to put in the work to make this team.”

For now, Gurley is a man in limbo, while Driver is a veteran somewhat on the outside looking in. It will be interesting to watch what happens.

The practice squad players who were signed:

  • WR Diondre Borel
  • OL Sampson Genus
  • CB Brandian Ross
  • FB Jon Hoese
  • OT Chris Campbell
  • NT Johnny Jones

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