Reports: Donald Driver will sign with the Packers


Donald Driver has always been a fan favorite and will be for the rest of his playing career.. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

“Tweeps: when I said I will be a Packer for life. It is now true. Packer for life” – Donald Driver

That was the tweet from the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading receiver earlier tonight … fifty-seven characters that packed a punch in Packers Nation.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Driver’s agent, Jordan Woy,  said the two sides have agreed to terms and will finalize a deal tomorrow.

JSOnline best described the situation and how it has come to this point:

The drama all began in mid-January, the morning after Green Bay’s playoff loss to the New York Giants. Back then, Driver made it clear he wanted to keep playing – be it in Green Bay or elsewhere. With all four other wide receivers returning and Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel maturing, Driver’s future was certainly in doubt. Green Bay gave pay raises to both Gurley and Borel when other teams tried to sign them off its practice squad.

And it might be awfully difficult for coaches to keep the promising Randall Cobb on the sideline in his second season. Driver’ caught 37 passes for 445 yards, his lowest output since 2001. But his presence in the locker room is valued. Those younger receivers on Green Bay’s roster vying for a roster spot have lauded Driver’s leadership and former teammate Antonio Freeman said Driver’s going to fight to keep playing.

So many, myself included, have opined about the fact that the Packers would never sign Driver. They had too many young legs in the fold and the roster didn’t have room for a 37-year-old receiver in decline.

To a certain extent, that’s still true. But the Packers appear to be doing what everyone thought they should – because it was the right thing to do.

Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have batted nearly perfect this offseason – striking rich on a few free agent signings (but not all), making uncharacteristic, but important moves to shore up a solid draft, inking a gob of undrafted free agents and have now capped those moves with the impending signing of Driver.

This news comes off the news earlier this spring when veteran offensive lineman Chad Clifton was released, and Pro-Bowler Nick Collins was also let go because of his neck injury.

It also comes off Driver’s winning of Dancing with the Stars, thus gaining nationwide attention.

So, come tomorrow morning, Driver will make good on his statement that he will indeed be a Packer for life.

Packers Nation is beaming as wide as a Donald Driver toothy smile.

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Tags: Antonio Freeman Chad Clifton Dancing With The Stars Diondre Borel Donald Driver Featured Green Bay Packers Jordan Woy JSOnline Mike McCarthy Nick Collins Randall Cobb Ted Thompson Tori Gurley

  • Taryn Miller

    The Donald Driver signing (1 year)  is a great PR move for the ORG and a large part of the fan base.However,the same fan base should be warned and ready for the highest possible reality of seeing less and less of him each week.To put it simply,there won’t be nearly as many allowed chances for him to get a 1-2 yd pass he can quickly go to the ground with for a 1st down.I know many will echo again the catch and run he performed not to long ago but,don’t hold your breath waiting for a replay other than the one you have already embedded with your hearts on the computer.
     
    I admit I didn’t want DD back but perhaps his being back and having the opportunity to exit in the uniform of Green and Gold is better for the morale of the team than the possible funk that may have resided with just being gone.There can be a downside to this chivalry being offered,and that is trying to do more with him offensively and deter the teams apparent power of it.
    Either way,congrats Donald Driver on your entire career in Green Bay and Bon Voyage after this season.