Green Bay Packers

Donald Driver a Surprising No-Show for Packer OTA's

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02:  Wide receiver Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers looks for room to run after making a reception against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 2, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Packers 19-16.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Ryan CardarellaCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

Donald Driver was a surprising no-show to the Green Bay Packers' Organized Team Activities (OTA's) on Thursday and is reportedly unhappy with his contract, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

Driver has two years left on his current deal and has approached the team in the past about his desire to renegotiate the deal.

The Packers re-worked his deal in 2007, after Driver made the Pro Bowl. But the 34-year-old receiver is still reportedly displeased with his compensation.

Considering his advancing age, decreasing production, and the Packers wealth of talent at wide receiver, it appears unlikely that Driver will get the upgraded contract he seeks.

The 34-year-old receiver caught 74 passes for 1,012 yards in 2007, his lowest output since 2003.

Meanwhile, the Packers boast emerging star Greg Jennings across from Driver, along with the talented young receivers like James Jones and 2007 second-round pick Jordy Nelson behind them.

The OTA's are technically voluntary, but only Driver, Charles Woodson, and Nick Collins missed them on Thursday.

Woodson was excused for personal reasons by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and Collins was absent following the death of his father, according to the report.

McCarthy refused to discuss the absences following the session.

Receivers don't often age like fine wine, and though Driver has been a stalwart for the Packers both on and off the field, he will likely have to suck it up and play for the $3.9 million he is slated to make this season.

With the talent the Packers have at receiver, Driver has very little leverage to work with.

 

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