CHICAGO IL - JANUARY 23: Wide receivers Greg Jennings #85 Donald Driver #80 and Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers on their sideline agains tthe Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23 2011 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers returned to the practice field for another set of offseason activities today, and Donald Driver participated. Presumably, this means that his new contract has been finalized, or is at least close enough to final that both Driver's representatives and the team were comfortable having him take the field. He's going to be taking a big pay cut, and we should learn the details of his new deal shortly.
Some have speculated that Driver is still an underdog to make the roster, but Driver expects to make the team, much to the surprise of no one. The Green Bay Press-Gazette had some quotes from Driver, responding to a question about potentially getting cut.
"I just don't think it's going to happen," Driver said. " I think I've meant more to the organization than anything and the organization has meant so much to me. I don't think we'll ever get into a bitter relationship. They don't want that, I don't want that, so I don't think it will ever happen. It's going to be two sides coming together like we did, and I'm going to retire as a Packer."
But is there space for him on the team? More on that after the jump.
Mike McCarthy also spoke to the media after OTAs today, and he was asked about the possibility of keeping six wide receivers on the roster. Packers.com has the quotes.
"Our roster will be challenged as far as six receivers. That's something you get into in training camp. I don't think roster spots will be determined here over the next couple of weeks. Special teams will play a big part in which positions are heavier than others ... The way we play, you could make a legitimate argument for six receivers."
Assuming there are no trades, that leaves spots for Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb and one other player. This could leave Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley fighing for one roster spot, which isn't much of a change from when we thought Driver was gone and the team would keep five receivers.
Do you believe Driver when he says that there's no way he's getting cut, and do you believe McCarthy when he says that the team will seriously consider keeping six receivers?