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Packers reportedly will cut Clifton, restructure Driver's contract

The Green Bay Packers will probably release veteran offensive tackle Chad Clifton and restructure the contract of wide receiver Donald Driver, Yahoo! Sports reported Friday, citing a source.

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Both players have been longtime starters for the Packers, and Driver said two weeks ago that he was open to taking a pay cut to remain in Green Bay.

Driver has the most receptions (735) and receiving yards (10,060) in team history and has played only for the Packers during a 13-year career. According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Driver, 37, is scheduled to make $2.6 million if he's on the roster for the 2012 season, with an additional $2.2 million bonus.

Driver had 37 catches for 445 yards last season, his lowest totals since the 2001 season. He also had six touchdowns.

Clifton, a 35-year-old who has also spent his entire 12-year career with the Packers, is owned $5.5 million in the final year of his contract, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Clifton started the first five games last season before missing 10 weeks with a hamstring injury. He returned for the regular-season finale and the playoff loss to the New York Giants.

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