Packers likely to cut Chad Clifton, restructure Donald Driver

AP

The Packers have different plans for a pair of players who have been offensive starters for more than a decade: Chad Clifton appears to be on the way out, while Donald Driver appears to be staying put.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that the Packers are likely to cut Clifton and restructure Driver’s contract.

Clifton, who has been with the Packers since 2000, started the first five games of last season, then missed 10 before returning to the starting lineup for Week 17 and the playoff loss to the Giants. At age 35, Clifton isn’t quite the stalwart offensive tackle he once was.

Driver, who has been with the Packers since 1999, played in all 16 games and started 15 for the Packers last season. At age 37 Driver isn’t nearly as important to the Packers’ passing game as he used to be, but he’s already made clear that he’s willing to take a pay cut to stay in Green Bay. It appears that that’s exactly what he’ll do.

27 responses to “Packers likely to cut Chad Clifton, restructure Donald Driver

  1. They re-signed Clifton in 2010 off-season to make one more run at a SB and they got it out of him. He’s been a great player and a great competitor but I think it’s time to hang ’em up.

  2. Depending on the price it could be worth it to keep Driver just for his locker room leadership alone.

  3. Hats off to Cliffy. He’s had a very good career and been a stand up guy on and off the field. It’s too bad he wasn’t able to stay on the field more these past few years, but we wish you well in retirement Cliffy!

    Thruought Driver’s career, he’s been the epitomy of class and professionalism. Great character. Great work ethic. Great team player. He’s one of the few in the game who’s ego is not bigger than his ability. He may be on the decline, but I do hope he’s able to stick with the Packers until he’s ready to enjoy the wealth he’s earned for himself later in life. Going to miss his positive attitude and smile when he does decide to call it quits.

  4. It is very difficult to make the Packers football team and difficult to stay good enough to be a Green Bay Packer.

    There are former Packers throughout the league good enough to be in the NFL but not good enough to be a Packer.

  5. A lot of this has to do with the positions they play. It probably isn’t that unusual for the #2 left tackle on a team to not ever see the field during a season, or rarely. Therefore, Clifton likely doesn’t fit as a backup as he ages. If he’s not a starter, he probably isn’t much use to a team and takes up a spot that can be used to develop young talent. However, a #5 wide receiver, particularly in the packers offense, will still see a dozen snaps per game. Driver can be tucked away at number 5 and there is still room for two backups ahead of him. Additionally, Driver fills a valuable role on the team in the all important onside kick recovery team.

  6. Clifton had a great career but missing him for the majority of last season proved that they were ok and that its time to move on.

    Driver will be kept around primarily for his leadership. Definitely somebody I can see in a coaching position in a few years, whether it be with the packers or somewhere else.

  7. I’d like to see them keep Clifton at a reduced rate as an insurance policy, but I don’t think that role suits him, he needs to keep active. If they do release him, he’s been a great Packer and anchor on the left for many years, thank you, Chad. As for Driver, I think the plan is to have him have one more year and mentor Cobb. He’s there for the locker room leadership, almost sort of a player coach. If he does come back, my guess is he’s told this is it.

  8. Best wishes to Clifton. He was a solid stalwart in the OL and his 2 Pro Bowl appearance were well deserved.

    I hope Driver is offered a position with the Pack passed his retirement. Donald should fined himself on the Ring of Honor.

  9. Driver is the Hines Ward of the Packers, very similar situation, it will be interesting to see what happens with both of them. Driver can still play, it’s just that his team has so much depth, but I think Ward is done.

  10. thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Feb 24, 2012 5:55 PM
    I’d say it’s the beginning of the end, but it’s really more like the middle of the end.

    —————————————–

    You must be referring to the middle of the end of the losing streak you gender bending Helga hat wearing purple excrement balls are suffering at the hands of the 13 time Champions? I’ll take 4 more wins in a row.

  11. Even at a reduced rate Chad would want to much just to stay. Chad was a very good tackle but it’s time for him to retire and enjoy life.

  12. Love Chad Clifton, but the tank looks pretty much empty. Driver might be the fifth best receiver on the team next year, but he’s a guy I don’t worry about getting the dropsies.

  13. Donald Driver is a class act, still catches what’s thrown to him, and has gone above and beyond the calling both on and off the field. God bless you Donald. Hope you are on the field in 2012. Also hope when you go, you go out w/ GB, and they retire #80. (sorry j. lofton)

  14. Driver has the most realistic view of his changing role as player as I have ever seen.

    Even if he is never the goto guy again, he will always be a value as the second or third option on the field. But perhaps he will be the most value as a mentor to the guys coming up. Might want to look into apprenticing him to the offensive coaching staff as an assistant receiver’s coach/player.

    He is a guy that you want in the organization somehow. In any way you can.

    Besides, I want to keep seeing his great commercials. I wish they would bring back the McDonald’s commercial where they had him trying on his wife’s earrings. “Donald! I’m home!”

  15. @gb4mn0

    Do you have rage problems? Because every single time you come on to comment about an article, you bash Vikings fans and it makes you look even more like the cousin-dating fudge packers fan that can’t do anything except for gloat about championships that you will never even DREAM about winning because you’re too busy sitting in your mother’s basement. If really ALL you have to do is troll about teams, then you should really just get a life. And grow up. And probably get a job, too.

  16. Driver still has value as a back up and is worth keeping if he will agree to a restructure. Hate to see Clinton go.

  17. Lol I didn’t say it to you. I don’t mind pack fans, and I respect the Packers because I think they have a lot of classy players. It’s just people like gb4mn0 and the trolls from other teams that are just annoying. I didn’t mean to offend you!

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