This past week Packers veteran Donald Driver was the subject of headlines when asked about his future with the team, saying that he wanted to come back to the team but understood the business side of the game.
The popular longtime Packer is due nearly $5 million in the final year of his contract – a deal he inked last year as an extension. Though his production has dropped significantly, he has shown he can still run with the best and was one receiver in last Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the new York Giants who didn’t have a case of the drops. In fact, Driver caught two huge third down passes for first downs and then followed that up with a touchdown catch as the game was winding down.
His production has decreased not necessarily because of declining skills, but because of fewer balls being thrown his way and the deep pool of talent at the position.
Driver’s career statistics are impressive. He played in 193 games, has caught 735 passes for 10,060 yards. He has caught 59 touchdown passes and has one rushing touchdown.
In his 13-year career, Driver fumbled just eight times.
Could Driver continue to play until he’s 40, as he said is his goal? Probably. Will it be with the Green Bay Packers?
With the signing of all of the players off the practice squad, including Tori Gurley, the question about Driver’s future may already be written on the wall. Gurley is considered a very raw talent who could also help the team’s special teams. Will he take the next step and push for a roster spot next year? He could. If so, he could leapfrog Driver for that spot … that is if the Packers don’t do something with Driver before then.
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