Green Bay Packers: Donald Driver, Jeff Saturday Considering Retirement

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and center Jeff Saturday are both contemplating retirement. 

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Driver is leaning in the direction of retirement. If he does decide to call it quits, the announcement could come as early as next week. 

The veteran wide receiver will turn 38 years old on Feb. 2. The Packers drafted Driver 213th overall in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL draft. He has since spent 14 seasons with the team, catching 743 passes for 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns. 

However, Driver had a very limited role this past season and caught just eight passes, albeit for two touchdowns, in 13 games. 

Center Jeff Saturday will make a decision on whether or not to retire following the Pro Bowl, according to Chris Wesseling of

Like Driver, Saturday has 14 seasons of NFL experience and will turn 38 years old this year. Saturday played for North Carolina, but went undrafted in 1998. Saturday signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 1999 and was a key component of their offensive line for over a decade. 

Between 2000 and 2011 Saturday missed just eight games, made five Pro Bowl appearances and helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI. 

Saturday signed a two-year deal with the Packers prior to the 2012 season, but was benched in December, with Evan Dietrich-Smith taking his spot at center. 

Off the field, Saturday will be remembered for his role in CBA negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA in 2011. 

In other Packers news, cornerback Davon House underwent surgery on his shoulder Wednesday, according to Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette. 

House was originally injured in the preseason when he suffered a shoulder subluxation. He returned in Week 7 and played with a shoulder harness until Week 16 when he re-injured it. 

The 23-year-old out of New Mexico State has appeared in 11 games with the Packers over the first two years of his career.