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Offline play2win  
#151 Posted : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:17:29 AM(UTC)
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I think the real beauty of Driver staying with GB is that the man can still play.

Taking all of the other stuff away, his age, his diminishing stat totals, etc., Driver has taken such great care of himself that he remains an asset to this football team. Our roster is very, very deep at WR, so much so, that I would argue that the Packers have never had this much talent at the position ever.

I would think this may cost a TE a roster spot when all is said and done. Driver stays on and finishes his career with Green Bay. Kudos to the Packers for seeing past all the BS, and realizing the talent he still possesses, and the potential success he brings to our team. He still has a year or more of high level play in front of him, and his restructure of his deal should make him affordable to keep on the roster, allowing for a very high calibre backup to remain with this team. This added depth also allows for a windfall should they decide to make a trade as we get closer to the start of the season. Any number of scenarios could present that would make such a thing attractive to the Packers. This is a Win-Win.

From a PR standpoint, it doesn't get better than this. From a pure football standpoint, it is still a pretty good deal for the Packers. Had his skills diminished, then this would be another story altogether. We have not yet seen that, and so I look at this as a pretty good move.
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#152 Posted : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:04:19 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: play2win Go to Quoted Post
Had his skills diminished, then this would be another story altogether. We have not yet seen that, and so I look at this as a pretty good move.


I, and I'm sure many others, could argue this point quite a bit. However, at a really low salary, this certainly isn't a bad thing. Even if we lose the next Donald Driver in one of the young WRs, Ted could likely easily find another, so it's not a huge deal. He's one of the best at finding WRs.

Do we all think this automatically means he makes the team though?
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#153 Posted : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11:33:33 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: doddpower Go to Quoted Post
I, and I'm sure many others, could argue this point quite a bit. However, at a really low salary, this certainly isn't a bad thing. Even if we lose the next Donald Driver in one of the young WRs, Ted could likely easily find another, so it's not a huge deal. He's one of the best at finding WRs.

Do we all think this automatically means he makes the team though?


Yeah, you are right. I actually was thinking, sure, the guy isn't what he was 6 years ago, but he is still what I would consider to be a "good" player at WR. While his skills may have in fact diminished some, I believe he is still a very good WR to have on this team.

I've heard that question asked of others as well. I would say, yes. Are they really going to go through all of this just to say, "hey, we've got 6 others that we like, and we're going to have to call it. Best of luck to you?" it is possible, but I doubt it. I would think someone else will be moved, hopefully by trade so that we can get something in return.

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#154 Posted : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11:48:12 AM(UTC)
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That damned sentimental Uncle Ted. He must be senile. Who would ever want to keep a player like Donald on this team? :-"
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#155 Posted : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:29:31 PM(UTC)
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Great news!!!!! PACKER FOR LIFE!!

Some say Ted is gettin' soft, not really, this is a genious move.

How many teams don't take care of their veteran players?

Players take notice of moves like these.

But I will look foward to Donald's every move being debated the next 2 years.

DD don't you dare drop a pass at the OTA's, or worse yet in pre-season!!!!

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#156 Posted : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:35:22 PM(UTC)
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Ted Thompson isn't changing anything about how he does things. If we pay attention to his strategy from the start, it's quite clear.

Trade back early to acquire more picks. Why, to get more shots in the gun to build a roster.
Tread lightly in free agency, because it's the smart decision and the Packers have been known for keeping their own.

This isn't a change in philosophy, its just perceived as such by fans who are opening up to how Ted Thompson does things.
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#157 Posted : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:58:49 PM(UTC)
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Did I miss something? Did Driver get a new contract?
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#158 Posted : Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:34:39 PM(UTC)
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#159 Posted : Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:35:00 PM(UTC)
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Thank you WPR.

Great news indeed. Hopefully Dakota won't be too butt-hurt that the Packers have an old man on the team. [boxing]

And for the record, my favorite WR stat is TDs. Driver had 6 last year.
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#160 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2012 5:02:00 AM(UTC)
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$2.5 million seems like a lot for a 4th WR.
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#161 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2012 6:46:21 AM(UTC)
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$2.5 million seems like a lot for a 4th WR.



I was thinking the same thing. What was his salary before? I didn't think it was much more than that.
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#162 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2012 6:50:55 AM(UTC)
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I was thinking the same thing. What was his salary before? I didn't think it was much more than that.


$5.5 mil plus the $.5 roster bonus.
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#163 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2012 7:06:39 AM(UTC)
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$5.5 mil plus the $.5 roster bonus.



Hmm, OK, so it was more than I thought. They cut it in half, basically. Still, $2.5 million is being more than generous to Driver for what his role on this team will be. Let's hope we don't have many injuries to our WR's because I would not enjoy seeing Driver going against solid #2 CBs for very long.
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#164 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2012 9:52:36 AM(UTC)
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If our #4 WR gets 6 TD receptions again, he's worth $2.5 million.
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#165 Posted : Friday, June 1, 2012 10:17:43 AM(UTC)
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If our #4 WR gets 6 TD receptions again, he's worth $2.5 million.


Listen to Jerry Jones trying to buy points!! Wink


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