Trading Davante Adams
Davante Adams is the best wide receiver in football. Over the past two seasons, he caught 238 passes for the Packers.
He is irreplaceable.
Many have said the Packers’ offense could be better due to Aaron Rodgers having to spread the ball around.
That is simply not true. This offense isn’t better without Davante Adams.
Even after drafting Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, there is no clear WR1 in Green Bay entering the 2022 season.
The Packers’ decision to trade Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders was one of the offseason’s biggest shocks.
Yes, Adams wanted out. Yes, he wanted to play with college quarterback and close friend Derek Carr. By the time Adams made his decision to go, the Packers had little choice but to trade him and get back what they could.
But this all could have been avoided.
Last July, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that negotiations over a new long-term contract had “broken off” and the two sides were in a “bad place”.
Rapoport said on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ last July that Adams wanted to be the highest-paid receiver in the NFL, but the Packers were “not willing to give him what DeAndre Hopkins got based on new money.”
The Packers were willing to pay Adams this offseason. In fact, according to a report from Rapoport this March, Green Bay offered him more money than the Las Vegas Raiders.
So, in summary, the Packers were unwilling to pay Adams what he wanted last summer. By the time they changed their mind, it was too late and their All-Pro wide receiver wanted out.
An avoidable situation. What a mess.