Originally written on Packer Update  |  Last updated 10/19/14

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: Wide receiver Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 51-45 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Veteran receiver's future remains up in the air Given the opportunity to clarify Donald Driver’s future with the team, both Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy chose to say nothing about the veteran receiver. “I would never speculate on something like that,” Thompson told local reporters over the weekend. “He’s dancing right now. Doing good, too.” Added McCarthy, “No reason to speculate on that. I’m just going to follow Ted’s answer to the question.” Perhaps I’m reading too much into what was said, or in this case wasn’t said, but I have a feeling that Driver’s illustrious career with the Green Bay Packers is coming to an end. Here’s what McCarthy said on the same subject five weeks ago at the owner’s meetings: “Donald’s still on our roster. I thought Donald, the second half of the season, he played very well. His role, as far as opportunities, was not as high as it’s been in the past, but I thought Donald was very consistent down the stretch. I thought he played well in the playoff game.” Not exactly a commitment to bringing Driver back, but certainly more encouraging than what was said a few days ago. The guess here is that Thompson and McCarthy decided to move on from Driver between then and now, but don’t want to make an announcement while the three-time Pro Bowler is still competing on Dancing With The Stars. Releasing him at this time would make a big story that much bigger, and more importantly, it would serve as an unwelcome distraction to Driver. It would also be embarrassing. It’s one thing to lose your job while Packer Nation watches; it’s quite another to have it happen with the whole world watching (or at least however many people tune in to DWTS). I expect the Packers to officially release Driver sometime after DWTS ends and before the first minicamp in June. That would avoid causing distraction and embarrassment and also give one of the greatest players in franchise history plenty of time to find another team. Of course, that might be easier said than done. I can’t imagine there will be much of a market for a 37-year-old wide receiver who has clearly lost more than a step over the past few years. Maybe someone with a history with Driver would sign him to add veteran leadership – Cleveland President Mike Holmgren, Seattle GM John Schneider, Oakland GM Reggie McKenize and Miami head coach Joe Philbin come to mind – but more than likely Driver will be forced to call it a career. If that’s the case, the former seventh-round pick from Alcorn State star would enter into retirement with 735 receptions, 10,060 yards and 59 touchdowns. The first two numbers are the best in franchise history. Of course, I could be pulling a “Dewey Beats Truman” here. No announcement has been made, and there’s always a chance Driver could return. After all, he’s been beating the odds for years.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mike Pettine considered benching Hoyer for Manziel

Percy Harvin speaks out: 'I'm not a perfect person'

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

Austin Davis says Rams security didn't recognize him

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LeBron: Bulls are 'much better' than Cavs right now

Redskins to stick with Colt McCoy over Kirk Cousins

Rick Pitino: Louisville will beat FSU in football

Report: Rams considered favorites to move to LA

Kobe to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you (expletive) this up

Slava Voynov arrested on D.V. charge, suspended indefinitely

WATCH: Boxer viciously attacks referee at Euro Championships

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

WATCH: Jimbo Fisher gets annoyed, cuts interview short

WATCH: Les Miles has classic reaction to dumb question

WATCH: Tennessee coach tried to trip Ole Miss player?

News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

Did Sidney Crosby troll Flyers fans with Halloween costume?

Why Dan Mullen is not leaving Mississippi State

12 amazing stats from Week 7

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview

Favre: I got calls about playing last season

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.