Packers receiver Donald Driver is 37 years old and coming off his least productive season in a decade, and he realizes that in the business of the NFL, that means the Packers may have a tough choice to make about his future.
But Driver is willing to make things easier on the team by taking less money.
“The organization knows what I’ve done on and off the field, and they want to keep me around as long as possible,” Driver told WISN-TV, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “If that means sitting down and taking pay cuts to stay around, then you take pay cuts to stay around. I’ve always said it’s not about the money for me anymore. What I’m pushing for is for my legacy to stay around in the state of Wisconsin and around the world forever. So the money’s not a big issue.”
Driver is scheduled to receiver a $2.2 million roster bonus next month, but it sounds like he’ll be willing to give up that bonus so that he can stick around. At this point Driver isn’t worth much beyond a league-minimum salary, but if he’s willing to play for the minimum, the Packers will be in the enviable position of having a veteran presence who’s happy to be a part of the team at any salary.