Donald Driver wants to play until he is 40 and he took a step in that direction, signing a two-year contract extension tonight with the Green Bay Packers.
The new pact will keep him in uniform until he is 38. Entering his 13th season with the franchise, he was set to earn $6.8 million this season, according to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with $4 million in base salary and $2.8 million in the form of a roster bonus. Terms of the extension have not been reported.
“It’s been going on for awhile,” Driver said. “Now it’s done and I’m happy about it. Now I’m a Green Bay Packer for life.”
Or he is a Packer until he is 38. At any rate, Driver already has the most receptions in franchise history and needs 607 yards to eclipse James Lofton and become Green Bay’s all-time leader in yardage. He’s been a model employee for the franchise and benefitted from many years of playing with No. 4.
“It gets to a point where you realize you want to be here for your whole career,” Driver said. “Whatever it is, accept it and play it out and if you still feel like you want to play at that time you can. I sat down and talked to my wife what I wanted to do. If the Lord tells me at 38 when this contract is up to continue playing I will. If not, I’ll retire.”
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