Green Bay Packers Expected to Release OT Chad Clifton, Redo Contract of WR Donald Driver

To help free up some cap room, the Packers are expected to release veteran offensive tackle Chad Clifton and re-work the contract of veteran wide receiver Donald Driver.

If the Packers were to release Clifton and Driver, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out that the team would save about $10 million in the salary cap, which could be enough for it to franchise-tag Flynn (for the likely purposes of trading him somewhere else).

Clifton, 35, was limited to six games during the 2011 regular season and is entering the final season of a three-year, $19.3875 million contract that did not include a signing or option bonus. The Packers have used first-round picks on offensive tackles in back-to-back drafts and would clear over $5.5 million in cap space by releasing Clifton.

Driver started 14 of 16 games this past season, catching 37 passes for 445 yards and six touchdowns. The 37-year-old three-time Pro Bowler is the Packers’ all-time leader in receptions (735) and receiving yards (10,060) and his 59 touchdown receptions ranks third in franchise history.

Releasing Driver would save $5 million in cap space, but he is willing to restructure his contract to remain with the team.

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