While nothing is official as of late Tuesday night, all signs point to the three-time Pro Bowler re-signing with the only team he has ever played for.
The first clue was by Driver himself, who tweeted the details:
Tweeps: when I said I will be a Packer for life. It is now true. Packer for life.
— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) May 29, 2012
Then later in the night, Lance Allan of NBC Milwaukee was able to get more details from Driver’s agent Jordan Woy:
The @Donald_Driver80 agent Jordan Woy just emailed: "We have agreed to terms with the Packers but need to review it tomorrow to finalize."
— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) May 29, 2012
There was no question the newest winner of Dancing With the Stars wanted to come back for his 14th season with the team, and he wasn’t shy about it during an appearance on ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Show last week (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):
I’ll be in Green Bay. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve always said I want to retire a Packer. I think the organization knows that. So we’re going to come together and we’re going to make a decision. One, two more years and then I’m going to put the cleats on the shelf, sit back and relax in Dallas with my family.
He certainly didn’t try to hide his feelings about the Packers. At the age of 37, he has caught 735 passes for 10,060 yards and 59 touchdowns in his career. While he certainly isn’t the same player of years past, Driver still was able to register 37 receptions for 445 yards and six touchdowns in 2011.
The one trait that really stands out is his durability. He has played in at least 15 of 16 regular-season games in all but two of his 13 years in the league.
Driver will enter training camp with plenty of competition at receiver, battling for touches alongside Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb.
Clearly the Packers have faith in Driver and expect yet another solid season from one of the greatest players in franchise history.