“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.