Packers Noncommittal To Driver

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Here’s a good sign the Green Bay Packers might be looking to part ways with receiver Donald Driver.

When asked if the 37-year-old Dancing With The Stars contestant would go to training camp with the Packers, both Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy were noncommittal.

“I would never speculate on something like that. He’s dancing right now. Doing good, too,” Thompson said.

“No reason to speculate on that,” McCarthy said. “I’m just going to follow Ted’s answer to that question.”

Not exactly the ringing endorsement Driver probably wanted to hear.

Although he’s said he’ll take a salary reduction to stay in Green Bay, the Packers may simply have other plans. They have Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel on the practice squad. Gurley almost made the team last season and turned down at least one offer to join another team’s active roster in 2011.

Driver, meanwhile, had his worst career season as a starter statistically in 2011, with 37 receptions and 445 yards.

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13 Comments on "Packers Noncommittal To Driver"

  1. Madcity Packer Fan

    My guess is that they will bring him back for a final year and than work another receiver into the mix. Or just the opposite.

  2. nurseratchett

    I can’t go through this again…..won’t even guarantee he’ll be at camp?

    I listened to the press conferences & TT wouldn’t even commit to him being given a chance to compete for his position; MM deferred to what TT said. Donald Driver is as deserving as James Jones to be given a shot to earn a spot on the the 53.

    • nurseratchett

      I almost forgot…

      DTWS tonight! call 18008683403

      Call between 9-10 central. Or right after he dances….I know you all watch & won’t admit it.

      That number again…1-800-868-3403

    • GAPackFan

      I love Donald Driver, but football teams need to stay young. The only way I can see the Packers keeping him one more year is if they consider him vastly superior to all of the younger receivers. If Gurley is even in the same ballpark skill-wise, even if Driver is slightly better you have to go with youth or you are sacrificing your bright future for nostalgia. Ted Thompson would never do that.

  3. Shawn iltarion

    Was that Donald Driver streaking across the middle to put us ahead for good against the Falcons? Oh, wait, that was James Jones.

    Was that Donald Driver streaking across the field to put us up 21-0 against the Lions and basically break the game open? Oh, wait, that was James Jones.

    I would like to see DD back, but I have my doubts about his ability to make this roster.

    And give JJ some damn credit. Dude has made a ton of big plays for this team.

    • nurseratchett

      Didn’t take anything away from JJ by saying “Donald Driver is as deserving as James Jones to be given a shot to earn a spot on the the 53.” I merely said D-Drive deserves a shot to make the roster.

      JJ has had at least 17 dropped passes in the last 2 seasons. I still think he deserves a shot at making the roster. Where’s the non-committal talk about him?

    • packmule

      Zack,
      go back and watch that miserable playoff game last year…

      The only reason Donald Driver was getting open was because the opposing defense thought so highly of his skills that they had -a LINEBACKER- covering him the entire game.

      A. Line. Backer.

      Not a corner, not even a safety.
      .
      .
      .
      A LINEBACKER.

      I love DD as much as the next packer fan, he’s an all-time Packer great, Packer HOF for sure.. His time is in the past, the young, talented men waiting in the wings are the future.

  4. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey

    Packmule, I seem to recall that the issue was that our receivers couldn’t catch anything, not even a cold, in that playoff game, not that they couldn’t get open.

    I like what DD brings to the table in terms of veteran wisdom and leadership. Youth is great but the young need someone to look up to, otherwise you wind up with a team of punks like the Lions. Gurley is gonna be, at best, our #5 guy anyway. This team has so much talent it’s causing problems.

  5. canadapackers

    Sorry to say this but after dancing is done – driver will be done – they will not let a younger guy lose his spot – but thanks for the memories

  6. Shawn iltarion

    Let’s bottom-line this here.

    Packers’ brass can’t commit because DD hasn’t agreed to trim his salary yet.

    Money is the only reason to let DD go.

    If TT or MM guarantee DD will be in camp, then that hardly gives the org leverage to redo that contract.

  7. mxz600

    iltarian….Speaking like he’s running the Packers again…..Bottom line this. They love Gurley, Gurley had a chance to get on a team, the Packers gave him more money to stay. Gurley will be in camp and make the team, taking Drivers spot. People….We love our veteran Packer players like Clifton, Woodson, DD. But Driver is 37 at talent deep position. I think DD is as good as gone. I thought TT would cut him last year, but i think he kept him out of respect. And dont forget about Woodson….Woodson is due to make 10.5 million, 4 mill bonus…6.5 salary. 1/12th of the teams salary cap…Thats a lot of lettuce. Sometimes folks, You have to “turn the page”. Father time is undefeated. All 3 will be gone imo.

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