“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.