Driver's seat?

Money's not everything to Donald Driver. The fourth-year wide receiver had a chance to sign a big contract with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this off-season, but instead signed a one-year contract with the Packers.<p>

Driver was facing a three-year, $3 million contract and a good chance to start with the Chiefs or a $563,000 deal with the Packers and a slight chance to start with the Packers. He steered toward the team with a better shot at a Super Bowl.

"My biggest thing is to come back and win a championship," Driver said. "I don't think no other team in the National Football League right now has an opportunity to win a championship but the Green Bay Packers. With a great quarterback, a great running back and a great offensive line. And we have some great receivers that are going to have to step up and make plays this year ... I think with all that and our defense, there's no other place you can go and have the total package. I think that's the thing we have all around the table – offense, defense and special teams."

With Antonio Freeman out of the mix, Driver could have a legitimate chance to start if he has a good training camp. Of the current receivers on the roster, only he and Charles Lee have caught passes from Brett Favre. Driver caught 13 last year for 167 yards and Lee caught three for 32 yards. Newly acquired Terry Glenn and Robert Ferguson are expected to start. Rookie first-round pick Javon Walker is penciled in as the No. 3 receiver, but the door seems to be wide open for Driver..

"The door don't have to be open," said Driver. "It's always been open. I've always played. I'm not one of those guys who has been here, sat back and not played. Whatever situation is going to be for me, I'm happy with it. Not too many people are happy to have a job, but I am."

Driver insists that he'll be happy whether he's a starter or reserve, but he has to be tickled with the way things are shaping up for training camp. Though he's the team's No. 4 receiver, just like he was last year at this time, he has a much better chance at seeing the field more often or on a regular basis this year because of his sudden veteran status with the offense.

Driver rolled the dice by passing on a big contract from Kansas City. But if he gets more playing time and pass receptions in Green Bay this year, he'll be in line for an even bigger pay day as an unrestricted free agent next spring.

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