Coming on the heels of a vague and cryptic tweet from wide receiver Donald Driver this afternoon...
Hello everyone: I'm a packer for life. It will never change. Go Pack Go!!!!
— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) May 17, 2012
...two members of the media talked to Driver's agent on Thursday: former Packers vice president Andrew Brandt––who currently works for ESPN––and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
Both reported a similar message from agent Jordan Woy, that Driver will restructure his contract with the Packers when he's done competing on the reality television show, ABC's Dancing With The Stars.
First from Brandt...
Talked w/ @JordanWoy, Donald Driver's agent, about future w/GB:"He'll be back. Just need to work out details when done w/the show."
— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) May 17, 2012
Then from Florio posted this on his website:
“The Packers have always wanted Donald back and we have always planned on him playing there,” Woy told PFT via email. “He has been busy with the DWTS show and the team knows that. I discussed deal structure with the team a while ago and we will work out the details once Donald returns to Green Bay.”
For pretty much the duration of the offseason, Driver's future with the Packers has been speculated by observers.
On one hand, Driver is getting older while the Packers have up-and-coming young wideouts such Randall Cobb, Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel and a whole host of rookies on the team. The line of thinking is, why keep around the player whose skills are diminishing at the expense of developing a burgeoning contributor?
And on the other hand, while he's not at the peak of his career anymore, Driver showed in 2011 that he can still be an effective member of the Packers' receiving corps. He had arguably the best performance of any player on the Packers roster in the most recent playoff loss to the Giants, albeit while frequently lined up across from linebackers.
Driver has a $1.5 million roster bonus due on the first day of training camp in late July. It's doubtful the Packers want to pay him that entire figure. But judging from his agent's biased comments, they are still interested in bringing the veteran wide receiver back at a reduced price.
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