1. Davante Adams
In the end, the Packers had little choice but to trade Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. They had been unable to agree a long-term deal with Adams, which is why they needed to use the franchise tag to keep him.
But if the Packers had been willing to pay Adams the money he wanted last summer, it would have never come to this.
The Packers will miss Adams in a huge way this season. There is no way of replacing the best wide receiver in the NFL. For a win-now team aiming to get back to the Super Bowl, losing Adams hurts.
In the past two years, Adams has made 238 receptions for 2,927 yards and 29 touchdowns. Defenses couldn’t stop his connection with Aaron Rodgers.
Adams will now catch passes from college teammate Derek Carr in Las Vegas, while the Packers scramble to find their new WR1.
If this was a team entering a rebuild, then fair enough. But that’s far from it.
The Packers are a win-now team. They have a potential top-five defense. Their quarterback is a back-to-back MVP winner.
It’s sad that Adams wanted out, and the Packers didn’t have much choice in the end. However, if they had given Adams a new deal last summer, it could’ve all been different.