Donald Driver says he'll take pay cut to stick in Green Bay
Donald Driver knows he’s scheduled to make too much money to stick with the Green Bay Packers.
But the 37-year-old wants to stick in Green Bay and he’s willing to accept a reduced salary to do so.
Driver is on the books for a $2.6 million base salary in 2012 as well as a $2.2 million roster bonus due next month, and there’s probably no way he plays for $4.8 million this season, not as the fourth or fifth option as a wide receiver with some young players now in the mix.
“The organization knows what I’ve done on and off the field, and they want to keep me around as long as possible,” Driver told WISN-TV at a Boy Scouts event in Milwaukee, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “If that means sitting down and taking pay cuts to stay around, then you take pay cuts to stay around. I’ve always said it’s not about the money for me anymore.
“What I’m pushing for is for my legacy to stay around in the state of Wisconsin and around the world forever. So the money’s not a big issue.”
Even players willing to take pay cuts are sometimes forced to move on. It might depend on what kind of number Driver has in mind and what kind of number the team has in mind. Driver made 37 receptions for 445 yards and six touchdowns this past season. He set some franchise records along the way. We’ll see if he’s back for a 14th season in Green Bay.
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