Two members of the Green Bay Packers are considering retirement.
According to USA Today, Donald Driver “is leaning toward” retirement and could make an announcement early next week. Driver’s agent, Jordan Woy, returned a message from Packer Report but would not comment on his client’s future.
Driver is the Packers’ career leader in receptions and receiving yards and ranks among the game’s elite in both categories. He’s tied with Andre Rison for 37th in NFL history with 743 receptions. That’s seven fewer than Hall of Famers Charlie Joiner and Michael Irvin. He’s 38th with 10,137 receiving yards, or 130 from passing Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for 35th.
For years, Driver has said he wanted to play until he was 40. He’ll turn 38 on Feb. 2. After catching just eight passes this season, he told Packer Report that he had no doubt he could contribute – whether it was for the Packers or another team. His hometown of Houston could use another receiver. So could Miami, where former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is head coach, and Dallas, where former Packers receivers coach Jimmy Robinson is on the Cowboys staff.
“I feel like I can play anywhere. It doesn’t matter where I play,” Driver said. “I’ve always said I’d never want to play for another organization. It’s going to be a tough decision I have to make. If teams are calling and I have to make a decision to go somewhere else, then I’ll have to make that decision.”
Meanwhile, in Honolulu, center Jeff Saturday said the Pro Bowl might be his final game.
“As soon as this game is over, we'll make that final call,” the 37-year-old Saturday told reporters after Thursday's NFC practice.
Saturday signed a two-year free-agent deal with the Packers as the replacement for Scott Wells. However, he was benched late in the season in favor of the younger, stronger Evan-Dietrich Smith.
Saturday’s $7.75 million deal includes a roster bonus of $1.4 million that’s due in mid-March as well as a $1.35 million base salary.
Saturday (211 and six) and Driver (205 and three) have combined to play in 416 regular-season games and were named to nine Pro Bowls.
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