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Little reason to think Driver will play for anyone in '13

Jan. 29, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver played 150  offensive snaps in the 2012 season, catching eight passes. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver played 150 offensive snaps in the 2012 season, catching eight passes. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Last week USA Today reported that Donald Driver was leaning toward retirement.

Then today, WLUK, the Green Bay Fox TV affiliate, reported that the Minnesota Vikings are open to signing Driver, and that Driver would consider such a move rather than retire.

So whatís going on? Almost surely nothing. Thereís still no reason to think Driver will play in the NFL next season and every reason to think the USA Today report will turn out to be true.

This season, Driver played only 150 of the Packersí 1,325 offensive snaps (11.3 percent) in 18 games, playoffs included; caught only eight passes; and was a healthy scratch for their wild-card playoff game against Minnesota and played only special teams (three plays) in their divisional-round playoff game at San Francisco.

So are the Vikings really interested in signing a player who after a season of major decline is turning 38 years old on Feb. 2? Why would they?

Itís almost a given that the source for the Fox report Ė Driver has done a weekly in-season show with WLUK for years Ė is trying to stir up interest on Driverís behalf.

Might the Vikings be interested in Greg Jennings, who will be a free agent in March? Sure, they need the help at receiver, and Jennings probably will be the best available. Thereís plenty of reason to think they will go after him.

But Driver? His accomplished NFL career includes an eight-season stretch from 2002-09 in which he averaged 76 receptions and 1,066 yards. But NFL teams donít sign 38 year old receivers who couldnít get on the field at age 37. So thereís still every reason to think Driverís 14-year NFL career in which he became one of the most popular Packers players of the last 20 years has ended.

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