Driver thrilled with new deal

Veteran wide receiver elated over new deal

While Javon Walker couldn't wait to get out of Green Bay, Donald Driver relishes the opportunity to play for the Packers for at least another four years.

Driver agreed to a new four-year deal worth a reported $17 million this week. He had two years left on a deal that he signed in November of 2002, and couldn't be happier that the team gave him an extension, including a reported $4 million signing bonus.

"I take my hat off to the Packers organization first of all for even looking into it," Driver told packers.com, the team's official web site. "I really appreciate what they did because they didn't have to do it. I'm happy that I'll be a Packer for at least another four years."

Driver, selected in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Packers, is coming off his best season. He finished with a career-high 86 receptions for 1,221 yards, seventh in the league among receivers.

While Walker got his wish to be traded, Driver, 31, says he got his as well - to remain a Packer.

"I've always said that once I got to Green Bay I knew I wanted to retire here and that I always wanted to be a Green Bay Packer," said Driver, a native of Houston, Texas. "The tradition here is tremendous and the people here are like no other."

Without Walker, Driver heads into his eighth season in Green Bay as the team's No. 1 wide receiver. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 2002 and was an alternate last season. His is only the fourth player in Packers history with three career 1,000-yard receiving seasons, joining James Lofton (5), Sterling Sharpe (5) and Antonio Freeman (3).

"I'm just excited to have the opportunity for my name to go down in the Packers history books with some of the greatest guys that ever played for the organization," Driver said. "That's a dream that a guy like me has always wanted."


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