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Agent says Donald Driver is dropping no hints

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Several of you have shared with us an intriguing Twitter message from Green Bay receiver Donald Driver.  The Dancing With The Stars finalist has been the subject of much speculation as to whether, come September, he’ll be featured on Playing With The Pack Or If Not The Pack The Dolphins.

“Hello everyone,” Driver said.  “I’m a packer for life.  It will never change.  Go Pack Go!!!!”  (In the interests of accuracy, Driver indeed used exactly four exclamation points.  Not three.  Or five.  But four.)

Instead of speculating on whether this means that Driver has been told he’ll be cut or whether he has signed a new contract, I asked Driver’s agent, Jordan Woy, whether there have been any developments.

“The Packers have always wanted Donald back and we have always planned on him playing there,” Woy told PFT via email.  “He has been busy with the DWTS show and the team knows that.  I discussed deal structure with the team a while ago and we will work out the details once Donald returns to Green Bay.”

No, basically, nothing has been decided, yet.

Driver is due to earn $2.6 million in base salary this season.  The bigger potential obstacle is that, if he slides too far down the depth chart, it will be hard to justify keeping him over a youngster who would play special teams.

The fact that Driver bailed on a large chunk of the Packers’ offseason program to appear on a reality show likely won’t help.

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25 Responses to “Agent says Donald Driver is dropping no hints”
  1. skoobyfl says: May 17, 2012 3:22 PM

    The biggest Driver is his age.

  2. mwatts1 says: May 17, 2012 3:24 PM

    Donald rules! What a steal this guy was coming out of college. He’s a huge part of this team’s success and he will always hold a special place in all Packer fans’s hearts. Go Pack Go!

  3. stavreafavre says: May 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    “The fact that Driver bailed…” is a non-factor. He cleared it with the team, he’s clearly (as always) in phenomenal condition, and he knows the offense better than some of the coaches. The one and only fact is that he’s fighting Father Time, who is still, as has been said, undefeated.

  4. cannonballdookie says: May 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    What the hell does he really need to work on in May when he’s been in the league for so many years? And they wonder why NFL players can barely make it through a full season.

  5. ronin36 says: May 17, 2012 3:43 PM

    I’ve said it before…

    It’ll be decided once camp starts…

    If DD is clearly better than the practise squad players, he’ll stay.

    If they’re equal, he’ll may be gone.

    But the question I have is… If they release him, how much of that 2.6 mill will count against the cap. (Assuming he doesn’t get picked up elsewhere.)

    If you’re going to have to pay the guy anyway.. and he’s able to play, might as well keep him and play him.

    And let’s be honest.. the bottom 1/3 of the roster gets swapped out almost every year anyway. If the guy is that low on the totem poll, likely as not, there some other guy on the street that could take his place.

  6. beedubyatoo says: May 17, 2012 3:48 PM

    I’m a life long Packer fan and love DD, a great player, an even better teammate and a positive influence in the locker room.

    Realistically, the Pack has 2 wr’s on the practice squad whom they drafted in 2011 who can play anywhere in the NFL now. The only reason they were able to keep them is that they are being oaid as if they were on the 53, not the PS.

    They also drafted and signed as free agents 3 promising wr’s this year.

    DD may be invited to camp, but he won’t make the final cut. Better for him if they cut him loose now.

    Remember they have all-pros Jennings and Nelson, exciting Randall Cobb, TE Finley, who plays and lines up as a wr and dependable James Jones. They’re one of the best the best receiving groups in the league.

  7. veence69 says: May 17, 2012 3:50 PM

    mwatts1 says: May 17, 2012 3:24 PM

    he will always hold a special place in all Packer fans’s hearts. Go Pack Go!

    _________________

    Until he signs with the Vikings.. We all saw how readily Packer Nation turned on a man they treated like the second coming of Jesus Christ himself for 16 years.

    Watching Brett Favre walk into Lambeau in purple and hearing the Packer fans boo him and call him “Judas”? Probably one of the highlights of my time as an NFL fan.

  8. castorcf says: May 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    I truly hope he ends up with the Fins. He’d be a #1, or #2 at worst and would, obviously, be reunited with his old OC and be a great pair of hands for the rook @QB

  9. clarkisgod says: May 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    I really hope that Ted Thompson could give a crap less if Donald was there for OTA’s or not. I’m pretty sure he will be in GB, but for probably a chunk less than he’s currently making.

  10. stavreafavre says: May 17, 2012 4:17 PM

    Veence69, yeah, good try. Maybe if Driver had been doing a public Hamlet act for the past four years, and then announced he was retiring before the draft, and then decided when camp began that he was coming back, and then stormed out of camp when told it would be open competition at his position, and then made it clear that he wanted to play for one of the Packers’ main foes, and then “retired” again to make sure that happened… yeah, then maybe Driver would get booed in Wisconsin. Hold your breath on that happening, would you please?

  11. toolkien says: May 17, 2012 4:20 PM

    he will always hold a special place in all Packer fans’s hearts. Go Pack Go!

    _________________

    Until he signs with the Vikings.. We all saw how readily Packer Nation turned on a man they treated like the second coming of Jesus Christ himself for 16 years.

    Watching Brett Favre walk into Lambeau in purple and hearing the Packer fans boo him and call him “Judas”? Probably one of the highlights of my time as an NFL fan.

    —————————————

    Did Packer Nation do that to Ryan Longwell? To Darren Sharper? No. The Reason? They didn’t treat the Packers like a semi-retirement hobby shop for five years. They, nor Driver, had spent the last five years issuing dictations to the team about who should be re-signed, or who should be retained as coach (because they didn’t want to have to learn a new playbook), or try and broker free agent deals for the GM to rubber stamp, or finally feel that they should have draft sign off after they retire.

    You see, so many people remain IGNORANT of just what a throbbing hemorrhoid Favre was the last three years with the team. They haven’t spent three nights on Greta throwing the team under the bus, whining about what liars the Packers management are and have it all boil down pretty much to not being able to be the de facto GM of the team.

    Favre didn’t really want to do the things it would take to be the best QB he could be. He was “tired” and the “down time was painful”. He just wanted to show up on Sundays and see what might happen, stuff the team – from the front office on down – with his buddies.

    When you show me that Longwell, Sharper, or Driver have done ANY of these things, then you might have a point about Packer Nation.

    The long and the short of it is Favre burned his legacy, no one took it from him, and his behavior BEFORE signing with the Vikings wore out his welcome for many Packer fans. I’m not saying there weren’t many Packer fans just as ignorant of Favre’s behavior the three years prior to retirement, and who let just the Viking signing alter their point of view, but they certainly aren’t the entire population. I’d say the majority of those who wish to have nothing to do with Favre now base their attitude on Favre’s acting as if he was above the team instead of beholden to it for making him who he was.

  12. contra74 says: May 17, 2012 4:20 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:May 17, 2012 3:53 PM

    New teammate Matt Kalil, who scored 14 on the Wonderlic, thought that AD was closer to “75-45″.
    —–
    Spot on!

  13. objectivenflfan says: May 17, 2012 4:21 PM

    Because he’s too busy dropping his dignity on the dance floor.

  14. jimw81 says: May 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    interesting. If I’m the eagles, I’m taking a very good look at this guy. Veteran presence in locker room, another weapon for Vick and another packer who Reid and Doug Peterson knows very well. He can easy insert himself into reid offense.

  15. vikes8480 says: May 17, 2012 4:37 PM

    I’m no Packer fan but I have to say Donald Driver is a class act and a fun player to watch.

  16. abqpacker says: May 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    The fact that Mike McCarthy was at DWTS the other night may give some indication that no one with the Packers is angry with him.

    Plus, he’s already offered to take a pay cut to stay – so the 2.6M is irrelevant.

    Plus, plus – who says he wouldn’t play special teams?

  17. buckybadger says: May 17, 2012 4:59 PM

    What part of the off- season program is he missing? That has nothing to do with it but they are right about the special teams.

  18. buckybadger says: May 17, 2012 5:05 PM

    abqpacker, he isn’t going to be playing special teams at his age. The money has always been irrelevant. It is about the roster spot. The Packers have two young guys in Gurley and Borel who where paid extra last year to stick with the team. Both have been special team standouts.

    I love DD, one of my favorite Packers but keeping him right now isn’t what is best for the team.

    My hope is DD is offered a marketing role and a way to stay with the team after his playing days.

  19. hrmlss says: May 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    Trade James Jones to the Browns for a #2 pick Next year. He’d be their #1 receiver when he walked in the Building, and he knows the offense.

  20. Canned Heat says: May 17, 2012 5:34 PM

    veence69 says:May 17, 2012 3:50 PM

    mwatts1 says: May 17, 2012 3:24 PM

    he will always hold a special place in all Packer fans’s hearts. Go Pack Go!

    _________________

    Until he signs with the Vikings.. We all saw how readily Packer Nation turned on a man they treated like the second coming of Jesus Christ himself for 16 years.

    Watching Brett Favre walk into Lambeau in purple and hearing the Packer fans boo him and call him “Judas”? Probably one of the highlights of my time as an NFL fan.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    toolkien…killer work and spot on.

    I still have a Favre auto’d jersey hanging in my office. Loved the guy. Still respect his time here until he turned into the diva egomaniac and put himself above all others.

    For the record….watching the dongslinger throw that pick against the Saints in the NFC Championship game was almost as exhilerating as watching Gary Anderson miss that FG against the Falcons in theirs. Almost.

  21. houndog50 says: May 17, 2012 7:18 PM

    Canned Heat says: May 17, 2012 5:34 PM

    For the record….watching the dongslinger throw that pick against the Saints in the NFC Championship game was almost as exhilerating as watching Gary Anderson miss that FG against the Falcons in theirs. Almost.
    ———————————————
    Ah yes, that interception was the BEST of Favre’s career! I couldn’t have been happier!
    And the beating he took, that was just gravy!

  22. vikescry1 says: May 17, 2012 9:26 PM

    veence69 says:
    May 17, 2012 3:50 PM
    mwatts1 says: May 17, 2012 3:24 PM

    he will always hold a special place in all Packer fans’s hearts. Go Pack Go!

    _________________

    Until he signs with the Vikings.. We all saw how readily Packer Nation turned on a man they treated like the second coming of Jesus Christ himself for 16 years.

    Watching Brett Favre walk into Lambeau in purple and hearing the Packer fans boo him and call him “Judas”? Probably one of the highlights of my time as an NFL fan.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————— umm didn’t favre retire and then come back to force the packers to make a tough decision? and if we had kept him, we would’ve watched him throw that terrible pick against the saints in our uniform again. see most of favres playoff loss’s (rams, giants, philly) to name a few. favre turned on us because of the size of his ego. if driver chose to go to the vikings than so be it. i hope the best for him but i hope they can keep him. btw i’m sure the vikings will try to get him if he’s available because the viking’s can’t scout players for crap.

  23. trapshoot says: May 17, 2012 11:19 PM

    Hope the Pack can keep him around. He’s given them everything he can for years and his performance off the field is as first class as it is on the field.

  24. rondo1260 says: May 18, 2012 12:10 AM

    Donnie D still has a role in this offense. He’s not a speedster but he knows how to play the position. I trust him over some rookie or practice squad wannabe. The dude can catch the ball. Let him play it out.

  25. pak1forgb says: May 18, 2012 10:54 AM

    James jones should go before double dizzle if not retire his jersey instead of favres

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