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Minnesota Vikings and Donald Driver Rumor Makes No Sense at All

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers watches from the sideline during a game against Minnesota Vikings on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)
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Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

There's never any shortage of ridiculous pieces of news even for teams watching the Super Bowl and media day from the comfort of their own homes.

For the Vikings, today's silliness involves an alleged interest in aging Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver.

There is no way in hell this happens. Take an ice cube's chance in hot place, reduce it by a factor of 200 and you're in the ballpark.

I like Driver. I stumped for him to return to the Packers this past season. He's an amazing player and by all accounts a tremendous veteran presence.

However, he's an awful fit for this team and what it's doing.

This team has started a youth movement—at the beginning of the season the Vikings were fourth-youngest team according to a piece by Jimmy Kempski at Blogging the Beast.Of course, as Kempski says in the article, the information was out of date the moment it was written and even moreso by now, but the ages won't have changed all that much.

The Vikings have gotten younger, on purpose and on both sides of the ball.

Yes, the wide receivers leave a lot to be desired, but what does Driver bring (aside from leadership) to this group?

As The Daily Norseman's Chris Gates put it:

That's not remotely the type of production you want from a player.

Without a doubt, the Vikings need to add players. Aside from somehow repairing whatever issues there are with Percy Harvin (which they insist aren't there) and coaching up Jarius Wright, there isn't much. I'll allow that Jerome Simpson is better than he played in 2012, but won't go so far as to say he's tremendously better.

Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu, Stephen Burton—none of these guys are long-term answers.

Adding Driver doesn't change that or improve it either. Even if Driver is used more—and I doubt his body is capable of all that much more punishment—he's a patch. Some Spackle on a bad dent.

Driver—at most—has a season or two left. Does that really solve the issues this team has at wide receiver?

Even talking about the leadership he brings to the table—that leadership works for the Packers, but will it translate to the Vikings? By the time he built up enough goodwill to be a factor, would he retire?

I'm not even sold that they need more leaders in the locker room. Adrian Peterson, Harvin, Christian Ponder—they seem to have that locked down.

So let's see1his production, age and ability are all negatives and his one huge attribute might not translate.

Sounds possible to me!

This time of year, things are slow. Driver knows he's pretty much done with the Packers and is unlikely to return so he (or his agent) is testing the water.

It's a fishing expedition.

One that, in all likelihood will end up catching nothing but an empty hook.

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