Leaving the Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams has been traded and signed a long-term deal to play with former college teammate for the Las Vegas Raiders.
All seemed to be going swimmingly for the Green Bay Packers faithful this offseason. They brought back breakout linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, placed the franchise tag on star receiver Davante Adams and even managed to sign reigning back-to-back MVP, Aaron Rodgers, to a long-term deal.
But as of late, things seemed to dim. It became clear that Adams was unwilling to play on the franchise tag, in search of a long-term deal. Today, things boiled over as Adams was dealt to the Las Vegas Raiders for two top selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
As it turns out, the Las Vegas Raiders and new general manager, Dave Ziegler, shelled out both their first and second round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft for Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target. In doing so, they paired their current quarterback, Derek Carr, with his own favorite target from his days with the Fresno State Bulldogs.
The two enjoyed immense success the last time they were paired together, albeit at the college level.
Now in his new playing home of Las Vegas, Davante Adams has agreed to a long-term contract extension to keep him in the back and silver. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport details below, the Green Bay Packers get a first and second-rounder in the 2022 NFL Draft, while Davante Adams cashes in with a 5 year, $141.25 million deal that makes him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.
Allegedly, Aaron Rodgers knew of the looming Davante Adams trade talks when he agreed to sign his own extension with the team. Even though his quarterback was back and the Green Bay Packers were willing to match the offer of the Las Vegas Raiders, Davante Adams was determined to find a new home. And did so with a familiar face.
So what does this move mean moving forward? The Las Vegas Raiders are doing whatever they can to keep up with their foes in the daunting AFC West.
For the Green Bay Packers, it becomes increasingly likely that the team will look to add to the wide receiver position, especially in the 2022 NFL Draft. The team now possesses pick 22 and pick 28 in the 2022 NFL Draft, either of which they could utilize on a shiny new target for Aaron Rodgers, such as Drake London, Chris Olave, Treylon Burks, Jameson Williams or even Garrett Wilson, depending on who is available.
For the rest of the NFL, it means that another possible quarterback option is off the market. For a team like the Cleveland Browns, who seemingly missed out on Deshaun Watson and have forced out Baker Mayfield, many believed that Derek Carr could be a trade option. While I never believed that the Las Vegas Raiders would be interested in giving up their veteran gunslinger that led the team to a playoff birth this past season, this move ensured their emphasis on trying to win now.
With his favorite college target now signed long-term, it seems as though the Las Vegas Raiders aren’t moving on from Derek Carr anytime soon. Compounding the signing they had just made of veteran edge rusher, Chandler Jones, it appears the Las Vegas Raiders do not intend on folding to their highly competitive division in 2022. They clearly plan the put their best foot forward with their newly shaken roster in an attempt to make another playoff run on the back of Derek Carr and the crew this upcoming season.