Donald Driver: What to do?

Ever-popular veteran Donald Driver faces an uncertain future with the Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

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.

Here is a poll to consider …

Donald Driver: What to do with the Packers veteran

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Topics: Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Tori Gurley

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  • BubbaOne

    Pro: Still can make plays, leader, provides a security blanket for AR, exudes professionalism for younger players, great lockeroom presence and team ambassador.

    Con: Age, contract, and younger players waiting in the wings (Cobb, Gurley, Borel).

    I’m glad I don’t have to make the decision though I would lean towards releasing him. One option to open a roster spot is to trade James Jones. I’m not advocating this b/c I like JJ. I think the whole lockout scenario got in the way of him leaving. But w/ a cap friendly contract for a # 2 receiver and a full off season to incorporate him in your scheme a team may be willing to part w/ a 3rd round pick for him. If a team is willing TT I think would have to consider a trade.

    • http://lombardiave.com apackphan

      Trades in the NFL are a difficult thing to carry out, but it is an option that TT may consider, especially given that the Packers have such a glut of players at the position. DD can certainly still play and if you look at the poll posted at the site, the vast majority of fans would like to see him come back because he means so much to the franchise. But you’re right, BubbaOne, I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision either.

  • BubbaOne

    Pro: Still can make plays, leader, provides a security blanket for AR, exudes professionalism for younger players, great lockeroom presence and team ambassador.

    Con: Age, contract, and younger players waiting in the wings (Cobb, Gurley, Borel).

    I’m glad I don’t have to make the decision though I would lean towards releasing him. One option to open a roster spot is to trade James Jones. I’m not advocating this b/c I like JJ. I think the whole lockout scenario got in the way of him leaving. But w/ a cap friendly contract for a # 2 receiver and a full off season to incorporate him in your scheme a team may be willing to part w/ a 3rd round pick for him. If a team is willing TT I think would have to consider a trade.

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