Vikings Interested in Green Bay’s Donald Driver?
The Minnesota Vikings aren’t done stealing former Green Bay Packers players just yet. They’ve snagged Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell and even Brett Favre in year’s past, and now they reportedly have their sights set on aging wide receiver, Donald Driver.
According to Fox Sports Wisconsin, the Vikings have serious in adding Driver to their weak receiving corps for the 2013 season, and Driver, who once said he would like to play until he’s 40 years old, may consider the offer if he’s serious about continuing his playing career.
Just like Favre saw the writing on the wall in Green Bay that he wasn’t wanted anymore, Driver has seen his role sharply decline, but at 38 still feels he’s good enough to go elsewhere and be a “number one or number two” receiver for another team.
Driver still being a number one guy is more than a bit of a stretch, but being a decent number two isn’t out of the question. After all, it’s not like Driver has been supplanted by scrubs in Green Bay. Jordy Nelson has emerged into one of the best big-play receivers in the game, while James Jones and Randall Cobb both played at such a high level in 2012 that they were impossible to keep off the field. Toss in soon to be departing Greg Jennings, and there simply wasn’t room for an aging Driver to make an impact in the Packers’ passing game.
On a new team, however, the team-first Driver could find a better role and possibly show the rest of the NFL world that he still has something left in the tank.
Playing for different colors (especially purple) and potentially getting a negative backlash from fans that have for so long loved him, however, seems to weigh on Driver’s thought process.
Per the report, Driver said, ”The question is, do I want to see myself in another uniform? Will my family want to see that? If nobody wants to see it, at the end of the day, it will still be a tough decision because I’ve always said I only want to wear that green and gold and nothing else”.
While Minnesota is likely the last place Packer fans would like to see Driver get another chance to succeed, the Vikings certainly could use his abilities if he still in fact has the ability to contribute. After all, their only reliable option, Percy Harvin, went down with an injury last season, and has a contract issue that could come to a head before the 2013 season. But with or without Harvin, Minnesota has a sorry receiving corps and needs to do something – anything – to improve that position.
Driver doesn’t sound like a man who deeply wants to leave Green Bay, but he does seem to think he has a good amount to offer to the game of football. Whether or not he puts the finishing touches on an impressive career in a division rival’s uniform has yet to be determined.