Once the Green Bay Packers season was officially over after being knocked out of the NFL playoffs by the San Francisco 49ers, veteran wide receiver Donald Driver was faced with a tough decision set to head into free agency at 38-years old with no assurances from the Packers that the team was willing to re-sign him for another season.
Although Driver has said in the past that he’d like to play until 40, the veteran wideout seems to be coming to grips with the fact that his career may very well be over. Driver is reportedly leaning towards retirement according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today:
Following a disappointing season in which he caught eight passes and was inactive for one of the team’s two playoff games, Driver is leaning toward retirement, according to a person informed of Driver’s thinking on the matter. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY on condition of anonymity because Driver hasn’t made a final decision, said an announcement could come as soon as next week.
In 13 games during the 2012 campaign, Driver caught only eight passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
With a talented receiving corps in Green Bay led by Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb, the Packers’ front office seems to be content with losing Driver to retirement or free agency. The team has shown no intention of re-signing the veteran.
Another longtime wide receiver for the Packers also appears to be on his way out of Green Bay with Greg Jennings hitting the free agent market in March. The Packers appear content with also losing Jennings to free agency with the consensus being that the two-time Pro Bowler might be asking too much to re-sign with the team.
The Miami Dolphins appear to be in the running to sign Jennings in the off-season with a need for considerable upgrades at the position and the team’s owner making it be known that he’s ready to hand out large contracts.