Driver open to return with Packers; could he find roster spot?
Against the Detroit Lions in January 2012. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver says he's open to returning for his 15th season with the team, months after tearfully announcing his retirement.
Donald Driver said at a news conference after his charity all-star softball game, "If the Packers called me and said, ‘Drive, come back to training camp,' I'd be back for training camp...but until then, I'll be sitting at home and just watching football," according to Fox Sports Wisconsin.
He said that a number of teams had contacted him about the possibility of playing again, but he then explained "I think the thing is, if you have the itch to continue to play, then it doesn't matter who you play for, because that's what you want to do...you just want to play the game. I love the game, but I only love one team. When you love the game, you'll play for anybody. Anybody who offers you something, you're willing to step on the field and play for them.
Of course, Packers Nation endured the 2008 retirement, then un-retirement saga of Brett Favre, which has led to a five-year divorce.
The big question: would the Packers want him back?
Consider the fact that he only caught eight passes all season long for just 77 yards, and he only played special teams duty in the team's 2012 playoff loss to San Francisco.
However, the team has lost Greg Jennings to Minnesota, so even with Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson taking up most of the receiving slack, there theoretically could be a spot if Ted Thompson doesn't believe any young wide receiver could take the slot.
But unless he's had a turn back of the clock to his skill set from even 2010, it's doubtful Thompson would give up a roster spot instead of giving it to a young player the Packers could develop.