Donald Driver Makes Good on Promise, Will Return to Green Bay in 2012
It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Driver threw out a questionable comment on Twitter, stating that he’d be a Packer for life. While that left many wondering what that exactly meant, it appears that the question has been answered.
According to Lance Allen, the Green Bay Packers and Donald Driver have agreed on new terms and the deal should be finalized sometime today. Allen received an email from Driver’s agent Jordon Woy stating that it is all but a done deal now.
While the terms of the contract have yet to be made known, it would be rather surprising if Driver didn’t take a major pay cut to stay on the Packers roster. Considering the amount of talent and depth that Green Bay has at the wide receiver position, paying Driver, who isn’t likely to have a major impact in 2012, $5 million a year seems like quite a stretch, even for one of the most beloved players in franchise history.
Personally, I’ve been a long supporter of the Packers and Driver parting ways for the upcoming season for a number of reasons, with the main one being the development of the younger receivers on the roster. While Driver may still be able to make an impact, it would be foolish to think that he can be as dynamic a player as Randall Cobb or even James Jones.
Both Cobb and Jones provide the big-play ability that Driver is no longer able to provide because of his age. It’s hard to imagine the Packers re-structuring Driver’s deal only to have him sit on the bench. If Driver is on the roster, the Packers will put him on the field which means that the younger receivers on the roster will lose valuable playing time.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Donald Driver. His story is one of the best; a late-round draft pick working his tail off to make a roster and becoming a top player at his position.
Unfortunately, the only thing that Driver can continue to bring to the team is his story. His play on the field has declined over the past two years, and despite his rigorous offseason training program of Dancing With the Stars, his play will likely decline in 2012.
Of course, we’ll have to wait until the contract details are fully known before passing final judgement, but unless Driver took a gigantic pay-cut, I can’t see how Green Bay comes out on top of this one.