What. A. Stunner. According to multiple reports, the Green Bay Packers are trading superstar wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for 2022 first-and-second-round selections in April’s draft. Adams swiftly received a new contract extension from the Raiders, who are signing the five-time Pro Bowl receiver to a five-year deal worth a whopping $141.25 million. The shiny new contract makes Adams the highest-paid receiver in NFL history, as he’ll earn a staggering $28.25 million annually.
Adams was reportedly disgruntled by general manager Brian Gutekunst’s decision to slap him with the franchise tag just weeks ago, and that irritation has been bubbling and building for quite some time. It was possible Adams was going to refuse to play on the tag and would hold out for a long-term contract. Gutekunst remained hesitant to make a historic commitment to Adams the entire time. The Packers essentially balked at the idea of paying Adams “quarterback money,” so the two sides decided to mutually divorce instead. Adams has now landed the payday he desired in Vegas.
It represents a massive get for a Raiders franchise that desperately required the services of a dominant boundary receiver. New head coach Josh McDaniels inherited an offensive supporting cast that possessed a high-level tight end in Darren Waller and an excellent slot receiver in Hunter Renfrow but lacked an elite outside receiver. General manager Dave Ziegler has addressed that need in the biggest way imaginable by acquiring what many consider to be the greatest receiver in professional football.
The deal reunites Adams with his collegiate teammate and quarterback Derek Carr. Carr and Adams played two seasons together at Fresno State. Carr threw for an astounding 9,187 yards and 87 touchdowns across those two seasons, and Adams soaked up 3,031 and 38 of those yards and touchdowns respectively. That chemistry will be on display next season.
The Raiders initially began the offseason in rather quiet fashion when compared to their aggressive AFC West counterparts. Everyone is trying to catch up to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Denver Broncos acquired franchise quarterback Russell Wilson in a move that signaled their aggressive intentions. Broncos general manager George Paton later signed pass rusher Randy Gregory to boost their defensive line. The Los Angeles Chargers have added several high-level defenders including Khalil Mack, J.C. Jackson, and Sebastian Joseph-Day, and they also re-signed Mike Williams. Vegas seemed to be dragging their feet in comparison, but Ziegler and McDaniels have quickly answered the call by acquiring Chandler Jones and Adams over the past two days.
For the team on the other side of this coin, this is an extremely difficult pill to swallow for the Packers and their fan base. Re-signing Aaron Rodgers to a historic contract extension seemingly set the Packers up nicely to contend for a Super Bowl once again in 2022, but this news certainly sets the Packers back some. A roster that already lacked high-level playmakers at the receiver position besides Adams just parted ways with their only game-changing pass-catcher.
The Packers will now undeniably have to make several moves at receiver. As things stand, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are their two most accomplished receivers on the roster. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is an unrestricted free agent, and may have just gained some leverage should he continue to engage in contract discussions with the Packers. Gutekunst must immediately consider making an aggressive approach to lure Julio Jones and/or Odell Beckham Jr. to Lambeau. The Packers now own the 22nd and 28th selections in the first round, and you should probably expect them to draft a receiver with one of those picks. The Packers can quickly reload the position if they approach the remainder of the offseason in the correct fashion, but there’s essentially no margin for error.
The craziest offseason in NFL history just received another major unforeseen shakeup. The AFC West is going to be the most entertaining division in football as several superstars now call the division home. Buckle up, Raiders fans.
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