Ramifications Of Donald Driver Deal Are Clear

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Receiver Donald Driver is going to be on the Green Bay Packers roster in 2012.

How do we know this? The team gave him $1.2 million guaranteed as part of his recently-renegotiated contract, according to Rob Demovsky. He’ll make $1.1 million in base salary on the deal, which expires after this season.

There are quite a few ramifications to consider here.

1. The roster spot
The Packers wouldn’t have guaranteed Driver $1.2 million if they thought they might release him. They don’t do business that way. No, Driver will be on the Packers roster this season, which, you could argue, is simply so he can retire with the team. It allows the organization to avoid a PR nightmare like they had when they got rid of Brett Favre. The Packers wouldn’t miss Driver’s production and he’s no better than their fifth receiver at this point, but thanks to Dancing With The Stars, he’s never been more popular. We can guarantee you the Packers don’t want to be the assholes who cut the DWTS champ. Which brings us to…

2. The young guys
With Driver taking up a roster spot, the Packers are going to lose one of their promising, young practice squad receivers. That is, unless they decide to do something out of character like trade James Jones. We’re talking about Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel, of course. Both will push for a roster spot this season. Both were offered active roster spots with other teams last season. Both have huge upside. The Packers have traditionally kept only five receivers under Mike McCarthy. This year, they’ll have to keep six just to keep Driver and Borel or Gurley on the team. If the Packers can’t trade the odd man out, he’s sure to sign with another team. Either way, Borel or Gurley are playing elsewhere this season. Which is too bad because…

3. Driver’s career is essentially over
When the Packers renegotiated Driver’s deal, they made two things pretty clear. By lowering the amount of the deal, they told him he won’t play a very big role in the offense. By not extending it past 2012, they told him they expect him to retire after the season. Whether he’ll do that or not is the real question, but there isn’t a very big market for receivers pushing 40. Just ask Hines Ward.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

11 Comments on "Ramifications Of Donald Driver Deal Are Clear"

  1. BD Swingin'

    DD is a professional and I hope he doesn’t pull any Favre BS after this up coming season. He should play this year and gracefully retire because there is a spot in the Packers HOF for him once he does.

  2. Shawn iltarion

    TT has shown no lack of ability to find talented young WRs. Anyone we lose can be replaced.

    About the only thing that can’t be replaced is DD’s experience and attitude.

    If Gurley or Borel aren’t good enough to be the 6th WR on the team, then I’m not going to lose sleep over them taking the train.

  3. Vijay

    ted thompson and co. have proven to be effective at identifying good talent at the WR position. even if one of them is gone, someone else will emerge from next year’s draft class or undrafted FA class.

  4. Enders Packers

    DD isn’t like some other “big mouthed give me all the attention WR”, even if he has a superb year, he won’t go out like a some other looney players. He’ll go out with class and respect.

  5. peter

    I think the thing you have to be worrying about are all the other big contracts coming down the pipe: Greg, Arodg, Claymaker, Raji

    • Kozak

      I seem to remember when it counted DD was there to make crucial catches, especially in the NYG debacle, he was the only receiver to show up that day.

  6. geopack

    Here, here Phillthy. Like in two or three years we’ll look back on this and assign the root cause of our offense sucking to be a lack of good WRs. Very, very unlikely.

  7. Driver was pretty clutch on third downs lats year. And if I recall correctly, he was about the only receiver that could catch a pass in the playoff game against Giants. I wouldn’t count him out yet.

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