Many Vikings fans have been clamoring for Greg Jennings this offseason, but I’m here to tell you why that’s the wrong GB receiver to be looking at. Donald Driver is the man to go after. Don’t look at me like that. Some of you don’t even like the idea of a GB player. We took Brett Favre didn’t we? And in my opinion, this move would come with even less risk.
Donald Driver is a proven veteran receiver in the NFL. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler (once as recently as 2010), all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions for the Packers, a former NFL Man of the Year recipient, and above all, a Super Bowl champion. A receiver with career highlights like that not only has the skill set to help any WR core, but also the knowledge of the game to pass on to young receivers.
That’s an ideal fit for the Minnesota Vikings.
GM Chris Spielman has said that he isn’t interested in spending tons of money on Free Agency to acquire flashy names this offseason and that he’d rather build through the draft. That’s exactly what makes Diver so appealing to the Vikings. Driver will likely be let go from Green Bay, and seems to believe he still has quality play left in him. If the Vikings pursued Driver, they could satisfy a relatively low salary acquisition for a veteran to provide some production as well as serve as a player’s coach for young receivers such as Jarius Wright and any other receivers the Vikings (should) draft.
That’s the other key to this idea. It’s only effective if the Vikings invest an early pick in a formidable receiver. With Driver, you have a player with high football IQ that can teach these receivers for the one or two years he would be signed and likely retire, handing the reigns to these now well-rounded receivers. Although it seems counter-intuitive, signing Donald Driver would be done solely with the future of the Vikings receiving core in mind.
Not to mention, Donald Driver would not attract major attention to the team for an offseason acquisition. Christian Ponder had a rough season, playing through much criticism. Many people called for him to be benched, but it seems that only the coaching staff remains on his side. Signing a huge name like Jennings or Mike Wallace would attract huge media attention, and add unwanted pressure to the developing QB.
Worst case scenario? He has very limited production and serves primarily as a player’s coach while signed to a veteran minimum contract. Sounds fair to me.
That’s my case. What do you all think? Would Driver be a good addition to the Vikings in ’13?