Last week, USA Today reported that the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading receiver, Donald Driver, was considering retirement and might make that announcement this week.
On Monday, Green Bay’s Fox affiliate, WLUK, reported that the Minnesota Vikings would consider pursuing Driver in free agency.
Driver, who will turn 38 on Saturday, caught eight passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Over the final eight games (including playoffs), Driver was inactive four times and didn’t catch a pass in the other four games.
Asked specifically about the weak receiving corps in Minnesota and Houston — two teams the Packers faced this season — Driver told Packer Report after the season: “I feel like I can play anywhere. It doesn’t matter where I play. I’ve always said I’d never want to play for another organization. It’s going to be a tough decision I have to make. If teams are calling and I have to make a decision to go somewhere else, then I’ll have to make that decision.”
The Vikings’ leading receiver, Percy Harvin, caught 62 passes but could be on the trading block due to locker room concerns and his relationship with coach Leslie Frazier. Michael Jenkins (40 catches), Jerome Simpson (26), Jarius Wright (22), Devin Aromashodu (11) and Stephen Burton (five) round out a weak group of receivers. They combined for five touchdowns.
For his career, Driver caught 743 passes for 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns.
“Donald has had an incredible career," quarterback Aaron Rodgers told ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde during their weekly segment. "I've been fortunate enough to play with him for eight years. It's just been a pleasure to be around the guy. I think he does it the right way, has been a Packer his entire career, endeared himself to the fans, has made a ton of plays for us.
"I've really enjoyed my time with him and I think he'll have no problem transitioning to something in the entertainment business or in sports business, because he's a very intelligent guy who understands football and can talk about it. I'm sure he'll be great at whatever he decides to do.”
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