Packers could bring back veterans Driver, Clifton
Donald Driver and Chad Clifton remain on the roster of the Green Bay Packers, and coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t see that changing.
No right now, anyway, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Driver, 37, has already offered to take a salary reduction this coming season to remain with the club. He made just 37 receptions last season for 445 yards and six touchdowns. Driver is due to earn $5 million in 2012 with $2 million due on the first day of training camp. The Packers have some young options worth developing in Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel.
“We don't just try to get four receivers or five receivers and stop there," McCarthy said from the NFL owners meetings. "You want to get as many as you can."
Clifton had back surgery at the start of the offseason, and has told the team he got instant relief. He was limited to six games last season with back and hamstring injuries. Previously, the left tackle has been a model of durability for the organization.
“We haven't taken him off (the roster), so he's someone we'll continue to talk about and get the reports,” McCarthy said. “So, we'll see how he recovers."
Clifton is due to earn $5.25 million this coming season and there is speculation he could also be asked to take a pay cut.
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