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Donald Driver says he won’t retire

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Driver sticks out his tongue as he scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the second half during their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin Reuters

Donald Driver seems unlikely to be back with the Packers under the terms of his current contract.

The soon-to-be 36-year-old is due $5 million in 2012 in base salary and bonuses. Even though he outplayed some of his younger cohorts on Sunday, Driver slid to the No. 4 receiver role and finished with only 445 yards on the year.

“This is a business, and if they decide to go a different route with the young players then I’ve got to go do what I want to do,” Driver said via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “And that means . . . am I going to go somewhere else and play, or do I put the cleats up?

“Right now, I’m not ready to put the cleats up, so I guess I’ll be going somewhere else to play.”

It’s an emotional time, but we suspect Driver’s words will prove correct. The Packers are paying Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones a lot of money. Randall Cobb’s role will only grow.

Wilde also points out that the Packers like practice squad receivers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel. They paid both those receivers extra money to retain them this year.

Add it all up, and Driver seems likely to have played his last game with the Packers after 13 seasons. He may have played his last game in the NFL, because he’s not a guy that figures to get a lot of attention as a free agent if he was cut.

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76 Responses to “Donald Driver says he won’t retire”
  1. dallasholeinroofcowboys says: Jan 16, 2012 12:55 PM

    He might not retire, but his hands retired on his behalf 2 seasons ago…Pack needs to dump him.

  2. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 16, 2012 12:56 PM

    Give it up old man and quit being greedy.

    Don’t be a Paterno, an Emmitt, or a Favre

    Know when to say when and not just chase the dollars

  3. commandercornpone says: Jan 16, 2012 12:57 PM

    hell he is the only wideout who showed up for the pack yesterday

  4. jasncondit says: Jan 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    We’ll take you in Detroit and you’ll get open a lot more with Megatron on the other side.

  5. bearsblow says: Jan 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    No metter where Driver go’s he’ll always be a Packer.

  6. kolbe213 says: Jan 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    Congratulations to Donald Driver on his career. He is still a stud and showed it yesterday. He has also shown it throughout the season. There were key possession all year where the Packers need a play on offense … and he performed.

    His attitude is awesome too. Keep smiling, Donald.

  7. mkepackfan says: Jan 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    Consummate pro, will be missed if he goes.

    Any team that needs a hard working, non-diva WR, this is your guy, albeit pretty old as far as WRs go.

  8. jerrykramer says: Jan 16, 2012 1:00 PM

    He played well yesterday. There is gas left in the tank. He is still a great 3rd down receiver. If he takes a pay cut, he may stick around.

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 16, 2012 1:01 PM

    “Right now, I’m not ready to put the cleats up, so I guess I’ll be going somewhere else to play.”

    I don’t think it’s really up to you.

  10. blizzard01 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:02 PM

    Based on yesterday, he shouldn’t. Now Capers on the other hand…

  11. dewalt2990 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    The Lions would take his old arse I bet….if he’s not expensive. He’s a better option than any other 35yo+ receiver out there.

  12. lorddarkhelmet says: Jan 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    Nah, some wr needy WCO team will snatch him up

  13. darrylh1978 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    Go over to Oakland with everybody else from Green Bay!

  14. austrianpanther says: Jan 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    I am sure that The New York Jets would be very interested in signing him to a four year contract!

    Just think….nobody is going to tackle people in wheelchairs, would they????

  15. n0hopeleft says: Jan 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    He’s the only WR on the Packers roster that actually showed up last night. Yet, the face they showed in the 4th quarter says HE’S DONE.

    Somebody call the waaaaaaaaaaambulance for the cheeseheads. The sky is falling in Wisconsin!

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    It was never a question with Driver’s hands (still isn’t), it has been his decrease in quickness that has led him to his productivity in the offense. He always has, and still does, have great hands.

  17. carlsaganist says: Jan 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    @thatobnoxiousguy

    He is the only receiver the Pack has that does not buckle under pressure. DD is a legend in GB. and a solid number three Receiver.

    Need to focus on finding a solid TE.

  18. austrianpanther says: Jan 16, 2012 1:04 PM

    Farve???? I KNEW he as coming back!!!

  19. jackybadass says: Jan 16, 2012 1:04 PM

    hang it up see what tomorrow brings!

  20. n0hopeleft says: Jan 16, 2012 1:06 PM

    calloustongue says:
    Jan 9, 2012 10:30 AM
    Confidence is good. Swagger is great. Giving Aaron Rodgers more motivation= utter stupidity.

    Good luck coming into Lambeau and backing that up.

    Glad the Giants and NY media already have this game in the bag. The beatdown in Titletown will be that much more enjoyable.

    ___________________________________

    Where are you today, moron?!

  21. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 16, 2012 1:06 PM

    He’ll be in purple next year just like his buddy Favre. Sad thing is he would probably be our number 2 wideout. Then the pack will hate on him too.

  22. justafanofitall says: Jan 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    Keep playing Donald…you still have it. Most productive receiver on Sunday. You showed the young GB guys how to do it.

    There are some teams that will pick you up and with your attitude and work ethic won’t be a TO or what’s his face former viking/new england.

    Just hope the GB fans don’t treat you like they did Brett when he was kicked out the door and played elsewhere.

  23. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 16, 2012 1:08 PM

    This is toooooo funny.

    Packers fans have been holed up, hiding, and not making a sound since ELI abused their defense and bounced their overrated team from the dance. But they still show up to give thumbs down to any comment regarding a washed up hanger on.

  24. imissnumber21 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:08 PM

    Good dude.the NFL would be a better place with more guys like him and less like chris Johnson,Vick,etc.

  25. glac1 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:09 PM

    What an asset he’s been for us…. Great career and I hope he can retire a Green Bay Packer.

  26. skittlesareyum says: Jan 16, 2012 1:09 PM

    Gregg’s right, he (along with Matthews IMO) were the only two Packers who looked like they wanted to play. While everyone else was fumbling or dropping passes he was pulling in difficult rockets.

  27. rambo888 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:10 PM

    Keep Driver one more year then see if what you drafted is going to work.

  28. cusoman says: Jan 16, 2012 1:10 PM

    This has Vikings signing written all over it… unfortunately.

  29. sakatak says: Jan 16, 2012 1:14 PM

    A class act, knows the score and is willing to live with it. Hope the Packers can keep him as a mentor, maybe he can make a lot more with another team, money isn’t everything. Whatever he decides I will always be a fan.

  30. n0hopeleft says: Jan 16, 2012 1:20 PM

    Green Bay fans are pathetic, so when you do decide to play for another team, expect them to trash your name and jersey once you leave. They”ll also say you were never as good as you really were.

    Just ask your boy.

  31. austrianpanther says: Jan 16, 2012 1:22 PM

    Where are all the damn Packer shareholders when you need them!! Not one word from them at all!!!

  32. calwilliams06 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:23 PM

    Hey, don’t knock it, 445yds for $5 odd million is still a way better deal than the Patriots got with Ochocino and his 276yds for c.$6.35 million. Oucho!

    Fair play to DD though, the NFL must be a hard habit to break and a daunting prospect. He gave GB an amazing amount of production as a durable, reliable weapon for over a decade, so I’m sure he’ll find a new home and I wish him well.

  33. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 16, 2012 1:27 PM

    Good receiver…the Chiefs will take him!

  34. mavajo says: Jan 16, 2012 1:29 PM

    “justafanofitall says:

    Just hope the GB fans don’t treat you like they did Brett when he was kicked out the door and played elsewhere.”

    You’re a clown that clearly doesn’t understand the Favre situation.

  35. rexismybff says: Jan 16, 2012 1:30 PM

    bearsblow says: Jan 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    No metter where Driver go’s he’ll always be a Packer.

    ======================

    LOL!! Isn’t that what you said about Favre??

  36. zaggs says: Jan 16, 2012 1:33 PM

    Pretty sure he is the only receiver that didn’t drop a ball last night. Play on player!

  37. mountaindont says: Jan 16, 2012 1:33 PM

    Donald Driver has been a class act all the way. In a era of ego driven wide receivers Driver has represented the Packers with class and dignity. Regardless of where he plays he will always be a Packer

  38. rho1953 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:36 PM

    They can’t pay him that much money considering his diminishing role. But they could cut him and if he doesn’t latch on with another team he could resign with the Packers for a more sensible amount. He’s been great, he will be missed, but the team needs that money to fix the defense.

  39. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    .
    and another GB story…..

    FYI…. the FIX failed, time to stop acting like it didnt.

  40. noeffinway says: Jan 16, 2012 1:40 PM

    Can’t wait to hear all the cheesehead hatin’ on Driver in a year or too…..luv it! They’ll be raggin on him just like they do THE GREAT Brett Favre! Morons!

  41. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:40 PM

    Wish the Packers will keep him. He is the only offensive player who gave %110 yesterday.

  42. ezpkns34 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:41 PM

    I’m 100% positive that the Packers will be cutting Driver this off-season

    I’m also 100% positive that multiple other NFL teams will be willing to bring him aboard

  43. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:42 PM

    bearsblow says: Jan 16, 2012 12:58 PM
    No metter where Driver go’s he’ll always be a Packer.

    Packer fans are world renowned for bailing on their player once they leave the team.

  44. rambo888 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:43 PM

    I am a Packer shareholder and I say keep Driver one more year.

  45. fittytuckin says: Jan 16, 2012 1:46 PM

    Class act and all other redundancies aside. He’s washed up.

  46. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 16, 2012 1:49 PM

    It’s hilarious to see somebody proclaim to be a Packer shareholder and think it means something.

    Actually, those that spend hundreds/thousands of dollars on pieces of paper that are completely worthless show a lack of intelligence.

  47. glac1 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:53 PM

    Restructure his contract and he’ll be back. Both sides want him to stay….

  48. justaintrightisit says: Jan 16, 2012 1:55 PM

    This guy is a class act thru and thru and the ultimate Packer.

    It is funny to read all the people talk about how the Fans turned on the golden boy Favre but the only info they ever got was from the national media who turned him into a god. Don’t get me wrong Favre was a great QB and led this team thru alot but to alot of the people from the GB area that is all he was, was a great QB, as a person he was a douche from the word go, people seem to forget his alcohol and drug addiction, his constant running around and arrogance. That will be the difference if Driver goes somewhere else to finish his career, he was well liked on and off the field in Green Bay and always will be.

  49. wtfru2 says: Jan 16, 2012 1:59 PM

    @rambo888

    Now you’ll find out how worthless that piece of misprinted paper really is. Your vote doesn’t count for anything…..

  50. trapshoot says: Jan 16, 2012 2:03 PM

    Driver deserves to stay a Packer, but probably will not for business reasons. A great receiver for many, many years.

  51. zappa69 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:04 PM

    Packer fans will dump on this guy as soon as he signs with another team. Also, whats with all the Packer fans leaving before the game was over? Thought you dbags were true fans? And how bout all them Packer fans that sold their tickets to Giants fans? Lucky the Giants bought all those tickets or you would have not have had a sell-out. Way for Rodgers to keep your tradition of the last pass being an interception, losers!!

  52. claymath52 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:15 PM

    I for one, wish Quickie would have made it to the big game… but I guess we’ll just read Quickie handles a loss…

  53. jmorand47 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:15 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan and all I have to say is Donald you were a class act both on and off the field. You will be missed.

  54. tombradysponytail says: Jan 16, 2012 2:18 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jan 16, 2012 1:01 PM
    “Right now, I’m not ready to put the cleats up, so I guess I’ll be going somewhere else to play.”

    I don’t think it’s really up to you.

    _____________

    What’s with all the negativitiy?. I’m not sure if it’s because you have been a vikings fan for too long or what. But, even as a diehard Pats fan, I can see that Driver has exhibited nothing but class throughout his career. Which is more than I can say for what I’ve seen from Vike fans in the past 18 hours or so…

  55. shaggytoodle says: Jan 16, 2012 2:19 PM

    Whatever DD choses to do I wish him the best, People say his numbers are down, but when you have as many options as Rodgers does no one is going to have crazy numbers like they did 7 years ago.

    Thanks for all the things you do for Wisconsin on and off the field. DD made tougher catches than the ones being dropped yesterday.

  56. dchuwo says: Jan 16, 2012 2:37 PM

    His comments make it sound like he’s decided to leave. Love DD and all he has done, but he’s not worth 5 million this year, and I can’t see another team giving him close to that. I see GB offering him a pay cut (about half) to stay, which would be pretty reasonable.

  57. suhnum1fan says: Jan 16, 2012 2:39 PM

    The Packers dumped James Lofton too….What a crap organization

  58. suhnum1fan says: Jan 16, 2012 2:39 PM

    He’ll end up in Philly

  59. momsasaynt says: Jan 16, 2012 2:40 PM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Jan 16, 2012 1:20 PM
    Green Bay fans are pathetic, so when you do decide to play for another team, expect them to trash your name and jersey once you leave. They”ll also say you were never as good as you really were.

    Just ask your boy.

     27 16 

    That’s about right for 30 yrs. I was under the impression Packer fans were loyal to the end. Found out differently when #4′s Jersey was burned. Made me sick and Packer fan no more.

  60. dchuwo says: Jan 16, 2012 2:42 PM

    Packer fans will dump on this guy as soon as he signs with another team. Also, whats with all the Packer fans leaving before the game was over? Thought you dbags were true fans? And how bout all them Packer fans that sold their tickets to Giants fans? Lucky the Giants bought all those tickets or you would have not have had a sell-out. Way for Rodgers to keep your tradition of the last pass being an interception, losers!!

    Agree no Packers fan should have left early. No real fan would dump on DD and i hope in turn DD doesn’t dump on GB either as he has said previously he will leave graciously. Never understood making comments personal though. Being down 17, what is Rodgers supposed ot do? It’s a game and be happy you won. Pack will be back.

  61. dchuwo says: Jan 16, 2012 2:46 PM

    noeffinway says:
    Jan 16, 2012 1:40 PM
    Can’t wait to hear all the cheesehead hatin’ on Driver in a year or too…..luv it! They’ll be raggin on him just like they do THE GREAT Brett Favre! Morons!

    ——

    You must feel better making it personal. Favre was a great QB, but his own words and actions have made him look like a bitter old turd.

  62. dannyreneau says: Jan 16, 2012 2:50 PM

    He should be packing his bags for Seattle right about now…cause thats where WR’s go when they’re done, right?

    i’m just saying…

    and i’m a Seahwks fans through and through.

  63. mialto says: Jan 16, 2012 2:56 PM

    Donald Driver on the Chicago Bears roster is definitely an upgrade from the 5’9″ WRs

  64. mute617 says: Jan 16, 2012 2:57 PM

    Wow, itsamazing all the bashing. Double D is a great man who has had a hell of a career. He’s still better than some teams entire receiving Corp.

  65. jpb12 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:05 PM

    My bet is that he signs with the Patriots this week and plays against Ravens.
    :D

  66. beedubyatoo says: Jan 16, 2012 3:06 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:
    Jan 16, 2012 1:49 PM
    It’s hilarious to see somebody proclaim to be a Packer shareholder and think it means something.

    Actually, those that spend hundreds/thousands of dollars on pieces of paper that are completely worthless show a lack of intelligence.

    —————–
    Not only is your user name appropriate, but you’re so dumb that you missed the Packer stock sale posts subject by more than a month.

    And by the way, Packer fans never trashed Longwell, Sharper or Ferguson who all went to the Vikings after their careers in GB were over.

    Driver is beloved in GB and would NEVER trash the Packers the way the old man did. At some point #4 will be invited back to Lambeau to have his jersey # retired and have his name placed on the ring of fame. As it should be.

  67. 4sacroc says: Jan 16, 2012 3:27 PM

    Driver was only reliable receiver Sunday!

    Jones was invisible. Jennings a mess. Jordy …..oy vey ….

    Re-do his deal and bring him back ….

  68. isujames says: Jan 16, 2012 3:30 PM

    what idiot would leave a guaranteed $5 mill on the table????

  69. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:30 PM

    justaintrightisit says:

    “It is funny to read all the people talk about how the Fans turned on the golden boy Favre but the only info they ever got was from the national media who turned him into a god.”

    Which Packer fans couldn’t get enough of when he was on their team. Once he was traded away, but still got the attention, it all of a sudden became a problem. lol, a little hypocritical, don’t ya think?

    “as a person he was a douche from the word go, people seem to forget his alcohol and drug addiction”

    Drug and alcohol diction? You just described 95% of the people in Wisconsin. That makes him a douche? Because he got addicted to pain killers? Is that what you think of everybody who suffers from addiction? You are the real douche here.

    “And unlike most players, he , his constant running around and arrogance.”

    OMG! He ran around? lol And arrogance? You don’t think Rodgers is arrogant? give me a break.

    “That will be the difference if Driver goes somewhere else to finish his career, he was well liked on and off the field in Green Bay and always will be.”

    Unfortunately, as much as it hurts me being a Packer fan, we don’t have the reputation for supporting former players. It is because of people like you who treat them like dirt bags (just like Sharper, Longwell, etc.)

  70. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:33 PM

    Beed: “And by the way, Packer fans never trashed Longwell, Sharper or Ferguson who all went to the Vikings after their careers in GB were over.”

    Are you kidding me? After those players left, I couldn’t stop hearing from Packer fans talk junk about how horrible they were as Packers and how they let the team down and how they needed to go. Meanwhile, Longwell is still playing in the league and Sharper won defensive layer of the year after he left the Packers.

  71. bmue42 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:07 PM

    at almost $130,000 A CATCH this year donald let me be the one to pack your things and drive you to the airport, its been fun

  72. The Prophet says: Jan 16, 2012 6:51 PM

    It’s remarkable reading these Packer fans turn on this guy and come up with every rationalization that he’s useless and calling him greedy for not retiring because the Packers are going to cut him.

    At least Packer fans are consistent with their disdain for people who leave.

  73. farvite says: Jan 17, 2012 12:02 AM

    With a $2.6mil base salary, I think he has a chance at coming back.

    I’m much more concerned about Wood at $11mil.

  74. truthserum4u says: Jan 17, 2012 8:38 AM

    He should soon join other former Packer players who were ripped by their fans for not retiring when the Packer organization felt it was time.

  75. mikesike5 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:29 AM

    I personally grew up a green bay and I hope driver doesn’t leave he is the only legendary packer that still is with he packs when the packs need a big play for the third down they go to him and he shows no hesitation to prove to coach mike that he’s not gonna let his age stop him or slow him down so I hope I get to see my boy number eighty give the pack and the NFL one more heck of a season before his name is introduced in the HALL OF FAME! Whoooo! Let’s go packers bring another super bowl trophy back HOME!!!

  76. madison1018 says: Feb 11, 2012 11:48 AM

    Okay how about all you Giants fans get one thing straight… Yes okay you played good in the playoffs, but just know we choked i repeat CHOKED! If we would’ve played how we played all through out the season you would’ve been done. How are you gonna say we are over rated, we went 15-1 with the only loss coming when we played as poorly as we did when we played you! And don’t forget one of those wins was against you! Just know if we had gotten past you we would’ve embarrassed any other team in our path… I’m not hating on the Giants or anything like i said before you played good in the playoffs and we didn’t show up to play. I just find it hard to believe that the team that lost twice to the Redskins is the best team in the world.

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