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Thursday, May 31, 2012
BBAO: Secure roster spot for Donald Driver

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The details of the Green Bay Packers' renegotiated deal with receiver Donald Driver suggest the team has every intention of keeping him on the roster in 2012.

Initially, you wondered if the Packers would insist on a contract that paid Driver nothing if he were cut before the start of the regular season. But ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt reports that Driver received $500,000 in "upfront money" and would earn a total of $2.5 million over the course of the season.

NFL teams don't typically do financial favors for players, even celebrated veterans like Driver. So while $500,000 isn't exactly a mint in NFL terms, it's enough to confirm Driver is very much in the Packers' plans. All indications are that his skills will have to drop notably for him to lose a roster spot.

Continuing around the NFC North: