Donald Driver says he won’t retire

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.

76 responses to “Donald Driver says he won’t retire

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

  2. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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????

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. @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.

  10. 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?!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. “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.

  18. 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??

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. @rambo888

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

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

  28. 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!!

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

  30. 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…

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. Driver was only reliable receiver Sunday!

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

    Re-do his deal and bring him back ….

  40. 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.)

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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!!!

  45. 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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