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Driver not dancing out of Green Bay just yet

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Veteran WR Donald Driver, the Packers’ extremely popular all-time team leader in catches and yards receiving, appears to be more than holding his own in the current “Dancing With the Stars” competition. And if Packers head coach Mike McCarthy can be taken at his word, it also appears the 37-year-old Driver will not be packing his bags to leave Green Bay this offseason, as has been rumored by more than a few sources on the scene.

At the recent league meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., McCarthy raised some eyebrows when he indicated at the annual NFC coaches’ breakfast that Driver would probably return after what the Packers head coach described as a “strong second half.” But with Driver currently scheduled to make $5 million, $1.5 million of which is due on the first day of training camp, and with the team said to be itching to get promising youngsters Tori Gurley and Diondre Burel more involved in the WR mix and also wanting to give flashy second-year WR Randall Cobb more work in the slot, there are many close observers who still believe Driver could be released.

Team sources believe it’s conceivable Driver’s offer to take a pay cut just might have improved his chances of sticking around and building on his legacy in Green Bay. It’s also worth noting that Driver remains in great shape, as he’s currently showing in his prime-time hoofing with fleet-footed dancing partner Peta Murgatroy, and remains determined to continue playing until he’s 40 — whether it's with the Packers or not. Daily team observers believe Driver could be a better, more productive fit right now than about one-third of the current No. 3 receivers on the other 31 teams.

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