One player that was seriously considering retirement due to lack of interest from the Packers in terms of signing him was longtime wide receiver Donald Driver.
With Driver on the verge of turning 38 and the team going with younger talent at the wide receiver position throughout the 2012 NFL regular season, the writing has been on the wall for Driver in Green Bay. The team has no intention of re-signing the veteran forcing Driver to consider retirement or hoping to sign another team.
Although Driver wasn’t expected to sign elsewhere, it appears the division rival Minnesota Vikings are showing interest via Paul Imig of Fox Sports:
According to a report from FOX 11 Sports in Green Bay, the Vikings are interested in signing the Packers’ all-time leading receiver. Driver, who will turn 38 on Feb. 2, is an unrestricted free agent after spending all 14 of his NFL seasons in Green Bay.
With the Vikings showing interest, Driver may elect to stick around for at least one more season. The Vikings’ receiving corps is in desperate need of help downfield with questions surrounding Percy Harvin’s status with the team and tight end Kyle Rudolph arguably the team’s best option outside of Harvin.
Another player on the Packers that is headed for free agency and was creating the most buzz in Green Bay about possibly not returning is Greg Jennings.
The Packers’ front office seems to be content with younger receivers moving forward with James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb leading the way making Jennings and Driver expendable heading into the off-season. Jennings has been linked to the Miami Dolphins while Driver may ultimately ended up with the Vikings.