After failing to contain second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday at Candlestick Park, the Green Bay Packers were officially knocked out of the NFL playoffs and left with quite a few questions surrounding pending free agents.
The two big-names that the team must make a decision on in terms of bringing them back or letting them sign elsewhere are veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Both receivers have played huge roles in the team’s success over the year, but it appears that the Packers’ front office doesn’t have either receiver in their long-term plans moving forward.
Jennings will likely continue his career in the NFL elsewhere with potentially considerable interest from many teams around the league, but Driver is in a different situation with retirement possibly the only option for the soon-to-be 38-year-old. Although retirement is definitely on his mind, Driver still believes he has something left in the tank via Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin:
“I feel like I can still play,” Driver said Sunday as he cleaned out his locker. “I think I’ve proven that. I think it’s not a (situation of if) I think if I can still play or not. I think I’m just going to see what’s out there for me, and, if teams call and want me to come then I’ve got to make that decision.
“If not, if the Packers want me back, then I’ll come back. So, at this point, it may not work here, but it may work somewhere else.”
At this point in time, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that both Driver and Jennings will be playing elsewhere next season. Jennings has already been linked with the Miami Dolphins as they search for a go-to receiver for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but it remains to be seen what the interest will be in Driver.