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“Packer for life” Driver’s guaranteed money could buy him a roster spot

Green Bay wide receiver Donald Driver wants to be a “Packer for life,” and his recent contract restructuring should take care of that for at least 2012.

According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Driver’s recent paycut includes a guaranteed $1.2 million roster bonus of this season, which should be enough to buy him one of the six roster spots the Packers think they’ll use on wideouts.

Driver will also make a $1.1 million base salary, and the $2.3 million total is still less than half the $5 million he was due before the Packers did the salary cap quick-step.

Looking a depth chart with plentiful options, his future was far from certain. But this move should at least give him the opportunity to play this year, without the fear of being replaced by a younger (i.e. cheaper) option in training camp.

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13 Responses to ““Packer for life” Driver’s guaranteed money could buy him a roster spot”
  1. theslex says: Jun 11, 2012 1:46 PM

    Is Donald showing off some DWTS moves in that picture?

  2. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 2:17 PM

    Congrats to Donald Driver for–from all appearances–working out a deal to stay with the Packers for at least one more season. But he should charge extra for the dance lessons.

  3. packfntk says: Jun 11, 2012 2:19 PM

    At that price I am happy. Maybe even next year too. Never hurts to have a first class guy like DD in the locker room/on the roster.

  4. sah0620 says: Jun 11, 2012 2:24 PM

    Peprah Peta

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2012 2:40 PM

    Life plus a day, Donald. I think that’s so they can bury you. But with all that frozen tundra it might end up being life plus six months or so, depending on the time of year.

  6. mvp43 says: Jun 11, 2012 2:58 PM

    Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Gurley, Driver, Jones. That’s a pretty good line up. Even though Finley is technically a TE, he plays more like a slot receiver. Scary……………

  7. dlindstedt2 says: Jun 11, 2012 3:43 PM

    I have the solution to the WR, you can keep all 7 WR, and cut the good for nothing Peprah. Hell the kid can’t tackle worth a damn, cost us a playoff game. It all works out .

  8. jjbadd says: Jun 11, 2012 3:44 PM

    He’s bout like Shannon Sharpe was in Denver. A WR listed as a TE..

  9. stavreafavre says: Jun 11, 2012 4:00 PM

    Certainly would seem to make sense to keep him around at least up to the final cut. Never know if someone will get hurt. Hope the Packers can swing trades for the WRs they decide not to keep, because they’ve got about 9 wideouts who could make most NFL rosters.

  10. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 11, 2012 5:12 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt is a tool.

  11. stellarperformance says: Jun 11, 2012 6:04 PM

    OK. Assuming he makes the roster this year. What happens next year? Do they have an understanding that he has one more year in a Packer uniform..that’s it? If not, the PR problem will sure as hell be in their faces next year. I love DD. I hope they get a SB win and then he hangs it up. He could go out in style and the utmost in admiration and respect. I hope he doesn’t think more highly of himself than the guys that make those decisions for a living.

  12. dd393 says: Jun 11, 2012 7:34 PM

    Buy himself a roster spot? C’mon Darin, you’re a better writer than that. If DD makes the roster, he will have earned the spot.

    Darin, you should really read Bob McGinn in depth and detail and check out to see what real writers do.

  13. Jennie Oemig says: Jun 12, 2012 10:24 PM

    as an owner i couldn’t be happier … driver is a class act, on and off the field!

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