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Veteran Driver willing to trim salary to keep playing in Green Bay

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Veteran Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver said Friday that he's open to reducing his salary to keep playing with the team next season.

"The organization knows what I've done on and off the field, and they want to keep me around as long as possible," Driver told WISN television in Milwaukee, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. "If that means sitting down and taking pay cuts to stay around, then you take pay cuts to stay around. I've always said it's not about the money for me anymore."

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The Houston native, who has the most receptions (735) and receiving yards (10,060) in Packers history, has been in Green Bay for the entirety of his 13-year career.

"What I'm pushing for is for my legacy to stay around in the state of Wisconsin and around the world forever," Driver said. "So the money's not a big issue."

The Packers picked Driver in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft out of Alcorn State. He broke out in 2002, starting all 16 games and catching 70 passes for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns. He had more than 1,000 receiving yards in six of his next seven seasons, but started to see a reduced role in 2010.

This season, Driver recorded just 37 catches for 445 yards, his lowest total in either category since the 2001 season.

According to the newspaper, he is set to make $2.6 million if he's on the roster for the 2012 season, with an additional $2.2 million bonus.

After the Packers were knocked out of the NFC playoffs, Driver, who just turned 37, told reporters that he wants to play football until he turns 40.

He also told the television station Friday that he suffered a broken finger during a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this season.

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