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Packers sign Donald Driver to contract extension

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Donald Driver of the Green Bay Packers.
Donald Driver of the Green Bay Packers.

GREEN BAY, Wis (TSN-WSAU) The Packers and Donald Driver agreed to a contract extension on Friday that will likely keep the 35-year-old wide receiver in Green Bay for the rest of his playing career.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicated it was a two-year extension running through 2012.

Driver, who was scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the upcoming season, is Green Bay's all-time receptions leader (647) and trails James Lofton's franchise receiving yards mark (9,656) by just 606 yards.

The Packers selected the Alcorn State product in the seventh round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and the 6-foot, 194-pound multi-dimensional threat has recorded six straight 1,000-yard seasons, including a 70-catch, 1,061-yard campaign in 2009.

"Now I am going to retire as a Packer. That is something I have dreamed of for a long time, and it's here now," Driver said. "When I got the opportunity in 1999 it was just trying to make it year by year. Now that I get to finish my career out here, it's going to be remarkable. And to be able to one day, hoping that I am going to be in the Packers Hall of Fame, that's going to be a great thing."

Driver enters 2010 looking to extend his streak of 127 games with at least one reception, also a Packers record.

The Packers begin their pre-season schedule next Friday against Cleveland.

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