Packers: Four solutions to Davante Adams’ contract situation
2. Let Adams’ contract expire, get compensatory pick in 2023
Another option for the Packers is to effectively do nothing. Adams has one year remaining on his contract, so they could decide to let him play out the final season on this deal then sign elsewhere in 2022.
This means the Packers would get another season out of their superstar wide receiver. Perhaps it would be one final Super Bowl push with Aaron Rodgers and Adams before transitioning to Jordan Love and a new-look wide receiver corps next year. Who knows?
If Adams does walk in free agency, he should have no trouble finding a new team. There isn’t a single team in the NFL that wouldn’t improve with Adams on the roster. His future team would need to be able to offer Adams big money.
For the Packers, they’d be losing one of their best players, but would likely receive a third-round compensatory draft pick in 2023. That might not seem like much compensation for one of the best players in the league, but the Packers might not have a better option if they can’t afford to make Adams the highest-paid WR next year.
Adams will be 29 next offseason. If a deal can’t be worked out, the Packers could decide to let Adams walk and bring back a compensatory pick the following year.