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Packers Daily Links: Driver Reportedly Offered Restructured Contract

The Green Bay Packers have reportedly begun the process of talking to wide receiver Donald Driver and his representatives of a new, restructured contract. "According to TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan, sources on both the Packers and Driver's side say they have offered Driver a restructured deal," reads a post at 620WTMJ.com. Driver just returned to Wisconsin on Thursday after his win on Dancing With The Stars Tuesday night and media appearances in New York City on Wednesday and earlier on Thursday. Fridays are always a popular time for news to break before a weekend. Perhaps a new deal gets done today.

Defensive lineman Mike Neal commented on his suspension by the NFL in an article Zach Heilprin at ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I’m approaching it as the simple fact that I didn’t do absolutely anything wrong,” Neal is quoted as saying. “It was a miscommunication between me and my doctor at home, and the medical physicians here. That’s just it. I got suspended for no reason, and that keeps my head held high. I didn’t do anything wrong.” The article also suggests that it's possible could have tested positive for a drug like Ritalin like Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann recently did to battle attention deficit disorder. In such a case, that could be viewed very differently than performance enhancing drugs like steroids.

Offensive lineman Josh Sitton spoke in front of approximately 1,500 students at Green Bay East High School about the dangers of texting and driving. Sitton's appearance came on behalf of AT&T because of a contest a student won. “If you can affect just one or two of them and get them not to do it then I’m doing a good service,” Sitton is quoted as saying by Fox 11 television in Green Bay. The winning student also received a limo ride and had lunch with Sitton.

Bob Harlan and Ron Wolf took part in a discussion Thursday at Lambeau Field talking about the resurrection of the Packers franchise from the downtrodden seventies and eighties to a model NFL franchise in the nineties and beyond. "Perhaps the two men most responsible for that revival — Harlan, the former team president; and Wolf, the former general manager — spent more than an hour during the Sport and Society in America symposium co-sponsored by St. Norbert College and the Packers retelling stories about just how bad things were around Lambeau Field from 1968-1991 and how things changed in 1992," writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The Sports and Society conference the Packers sponsor is a really cool thing. This particular discussion is only a small part of a larger schedule. Here's to hoping it continues.

A pair of former Packers took part in a panel discussion of a different sort on Thursday, also at the Sport and Society conference. "Former Packers players Ahman Green and Bryce Paup talked about the transition to life after football, a timely topic in the wake of media attention surrounding post-career physical and mental health issues for retired players," writes Mike Spofford of the Packers official website. This is a topic that won't be going away any time soon, and the more it's talked about, the better.

The Packers planted some trees outside Lambeau Field on Thursday as part of their First Downs for Trees program along with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Donald Driver took the time recently to send a personal message to a young cancer patient in the Milwaukee area.

Donald Driver also recently signed a 25-year public relations deal with Lammi Sports Management.

On Thursday, Donald Driver talked to a few fans on his flight back to Wisconsin.

The collusion lawsuit filed by the players' union against the NFL has been impacted by the "Reggie White settlement," in reference to the former Packers player.

A pair of videos on ESPN.com feature Donald Driver and Skip Bayliss predicting the NFC North champions.

Fox Sports Wisconsin notes the presence of Greg Jennings on the list of the top 100 players in the NFL by the NFL Network.

Packer Report published a pair of articles on quarterback Graham Harrell about getting an opportunity and his place among other NFL backups.

A column by Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls on the Packers to retire Brett Favre's number.

The over/under on the Packers' win total in 2012 is 12, according to the National Football Post.

A few thoughts on recently deceased former Packer Jesse Whittenton are shared by Mike Vandermause at the Press-Gazette.

Video: The Packers plant trees outside Lambeau Field, from Fox 11 Green Bay...

Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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BubbaOne's picture

I posted this yesterday at Jersey Al's site:
"I think the team and him (DD) have a handshake agreement that preceded his tweet. Since he doesn’t play ST if he can’t beat out JJ and Cobb for the 4th receiver he retires and the Packers sign him to a personal services contract similar to what Murphy offered BF. Of course if he does make the team the contract goes into effect when he’s done playing hence the “Packer for life” comment."

I think the roster bonus money gets deferred and added to the PS contract. He'll be an ambassador for the team which would still allow him to pursue opportunities coming on the heels of his DWTS success. The other option is he would be an ideal replacement for Rob Davis.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Over.

GBP 4 LIFE

Rocky70's picture

Ref. to DD's new forthcoming contract:

It's good to see that TT/MM can see through the haze & fog that evidently many fans are unable to penetrate. Eventually, (come late August) it'll be even more laughable that anyone actually thought that a Borel or a Gurley could bump a proven veteran off the 53.

jmac34's picture

They're restructuring his contract for a reason. I would still say there is a reasonable chance for DD to get bumped by Borel or much more likely Gurley. DD doesn't play special teams while the other two do so they both offer skills that DD doesn't so they even have a leg up on him in that regard. DD will have to perform in the preseason/camp or he may not be here during the regular season

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

He'll be here. Book it.

Rocky70's picture

jmac34
Some beat writer keeps talking about STs & fans fall for it. There's nothing Borel/Gurley can do on STs that can't be done already without them. It's all about who AR feels comfortable with in the last 2 minutes of a critical game to gain a playoff spot late in season 2012. Believe me, DD may be called on. Gurley/Borel will be nowhere in sight.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

I believe that DD ended up with the ball on at least 2 occasions in 2011 while on the hands team during on-side kicks. Ergo, he is contributing member on special teams.

He is also exceptionally driven. You could see his competitiveness on DWTS. If it is even close, he'll "will" himself to gain a position on the 53.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

"Ergo", I need to work that word in more.

9/24/12... Closer every day Doug!

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Need to start working on tickets. Who do you know?

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

They are pretty steep. If you want anything between the 30's in the first level you're looking at $400-600 on Stub Hub last I checked. Nosebleeds are $170 and up.

I'm holding off for a bit... Working on some season ticket holders I work with. Told em I'd give them double face, but Seattle doesn't get too many Monday night games, so they kinda want to go. But I'm working em.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Sorry, I thought I read 'what do you know'... That's what I know^^^^

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