GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers may not be asking their all-time leading receiver Donald Driver back next year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean other teams aren’t interested in seeing what is left in the tank. FOX 11 has learned that the Minnesota Vikings would have an interest in the 37-year-old free agent wide receiver if he does not decide to retire.
The question is whether or not Driver wants to play for another team, much less a hated division rival after 14 years with the Packers. The Packers have given no indication they have a desire to sign Driver, but he has been reluctant to consider going to another team for fear of tarnishing his Packers legacy. However, he has not ruled it out completely.
“I think I could go to any team and be either their number one or number two guy and be solid for another three years, “ Driver told FOX 11 two weeks ago. “The question is do I want to see myself in another uniform? Will my family want to see that? If nobody wants to see it at the end of the day, it will still be a tough decision because I've always said I only want to wear that green and gold and nothing else."
The Vikings did not make head coach Leslie Frazier available for comment, but a source told FOX 11 he would be open to consider Driver if the Packers decide to pass. The team could certainly use the receiving help. The Vikings had only one receiver, the oft-injured Percy Harvin, record over 500 yards receiving this year. Driver’s veteran presence could make a difference to a young quarterback like Christian Ponder.
Driver wouldn’t be the first Pro Bowler to cross the Mississippi. In 2008, after quarterback Brett Favre had already retired once, the Packers decided they were no longer in need of Favre’s services when he wanted to end his brief retirement. Not everyone, including Favre, felt the same way. After a year playing for the New York Jets, Favre ended up with the Vikings, leading them to the playoffs, but drawing the ire of many Packers fans. For Driver, he’d like to be remembered among the greats in Packers history, not as a guy who went to a rival to milk a couple more years out of his career.
“I’ve always said I want to be here, and be mentioned in the same breath as those true legends: Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi, James Lofton, Sterling Sharpe, Brett Favre,“ said Driver. “My name will be mentioned with those greats. I've always said that's what I want my legacy to be about, to be able to come back and walk through that tunnel, where next year 80,000 fans will be screaming your name.”