Nov 20, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver (80) reacts after missing a pass during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Buccaneers 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Are the Packers and Donald Driver working behind the scenes?


Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver (80) catches a touchdown pass in front of Detroit Lions safety Chris Harris (43) during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Donald Driver came out with a tweet the other day about being “…a Packer for life.”

Many felt it was his was of saying goodbye to the fans who make up Packers Nation.

His agent said that wasn’t the case and then Driver himself came out with this statement: “I think so many people right now are worried if I’m going to be a Packer. My contract is not over with the Packers. I will be a Packer for life. I don’t think that’s ever going to change. That’s what I want the fans to understand. Don’t worry. If you haven’t heard it from me or the Packers … You have to trust me [and] the Packers that I will be a Packer for life.”

So, just what does it all mean?

Both Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy were coy about clearing the air on the matter when they were asked about it just after the draft. Neither would directly answer the question focused on Driver’s future with the team. Their non-answers only leaves the door open and the questions flowing.

Even Driver’s answer above doesn’t bring closure to the situation. Though the Packers didn’t use any draft picks on a high-profile wide receiver, the team has brought in some through the undrafted free agency route. The team’s commitment to Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley had also run the red flag up the pole about Driver’s future.

Somebody is going to get cut or moved in some manner, so where does that leave Double-D? Do the Packers accept his offer for a pay cut and bring him into camp to allow him to compete and let the chips fall where they may? Or does the team just cut him and move on?

Well, in my mind, that isn’t an option. Driver is too popular and one of the most recognizable faces in franchise history … and that’s saying a lot for a franchise closing in on 100 years.

So, are the Packers and Driver holding negotiations on something else? Some sort of deal that will indeed make him a “Packer for life?” It’s possible. Anything’s possible.

My only hope is that Driver isn’t just dumped by the team. He’s too valuable of a player and too classy of a man to allow something like that to happen.

If the Packers and Driver do part ways this season, then let’s hope it happens amicably and without bad vibes.

We all want Driver to be a Packer for life … and though the odds are long, it would be nice to give him one more shot at a Super Bowl championship.

Tags: Diondre Borel Donald Driver Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy Super Bowl Ted Thompson Tori Gurley

  • Taryn Miller

    I think DD has done the ultimate disservice to his fans and to the Organization.It would be one thing to post that you HAVE come to terms and WILL be a Packer based on that FACT.Posting his “I’ll be a Packer for life” without confirmation merely creates more angst for the fans who are awaiting a real decision on his future.
    I would be ashamed of him if this was nothing more han a ploy to garner votes for his DWTS.

  • apackphan

    Taryn, I just can’t bring myself to think Driver would stoop so low as to garner a few votes for a television show. But you’re right … as fans, we would love to know what’s going on. Time is short.

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  • gianna26

    Green Can’t get rid of Driver he is a big part of what drives the team. Wake up Thompson and do not make a crucial mistake!

  • Taryn Miller

     @apackphan
     Never under estimate what one would do to win the public support needed to win a dance contest or staying on the pedestal bestowed one.Will fan support sway TT in this situation…not likely…but it can’t hurt.
    Negotiations know no boundaries.Just saying.

  • Hazelhurst

    Player/coach is what I would like to see. Retire to coach and if we run into injuries this year, he comes out of retirement and takes the field again. Possible? Idk

    • http://lombardiave.com apackphan

      You know, I was thinking the same thing about player/coach. I don’t know if the NFL has rules against it, but it’s something you don’t see in the NFL. But it would be great for a guy like Donald. He’s just too valuable to cut. I’m hoping for the best.

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