Even after a surprising 10-win season in 2012, it’s clear the Minnesota Vikings need to overhaul their group of wide receivers during the coming offseason. They should be fairly aggressive in free agency and the draft to add some new faces, leaving most of this past season’s decidedly unimpressive group (Michael Jenkins, Jerome Simpson and Devin Aromashodu most notably) searching for another team.
Greg Jennings is slated to be a free agent and is not expected to be back with the Green Bay Packers next season. That has led to a lot of speculation about the Vikings having interest in signing him, but could the team be looking at another Packers’ wide receiver with an uncertain future?
A recent report suggests the Vikings have interest in Donald Driver, who has spent all 14 seasons of his NFL career with Green Bay but is himself scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He will also turn 38 this coming Saturday, and had just eight receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games for the Packers this past season as his role was greatly diminished. Driver has also hinted at retirement, and his motivation to play for a team other than the Packers is a big question at this point.
Adding Driver would certainly not be the only move the Vikings make to bolster their receiving corp, and he can likely be signed to a reasonable contract. If he is driven to prove he still has something left and can stay healthy, he could theoretically step into a prominent role in Minnesota’s passing game right off the bat. That said, Driver’s greatest contribution may be as a veteran mentor to what has a chance to be a very young group of wide receivers in 2013.
All things considered, I think the Vikings need to aim much higher than Driver as they look to add talent to their wide receiver group. He may have something to offer if he wants to play next season, and he has said at various times he wants to play until he is 40, but an old wide receiver with any questions at all regarding his desire to play belongs on a team other than the Vikings right now.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.