Davante Adams Turning Down $20 Million Means More Offseason Drama for the Packers

Drama seems to follow the Green Bay Packers for some reason. Aaron Rodgers has dominated headlines over the past couple of seasons due to a strained relationship with the front office. The dust has apparently settled, and the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player will likely finish his career in Green Bay. Meanwhile, Davante Adams’ future is uncertain.

The Packers appeared prime to use their franchise tag on the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. However, Adams has other plans in mind. As arguably the best player at his position, he wants the team to compensate him accordingly. Unfortunately, making everyone happy is easier said than done.

Davante Adams refuses to play on the franchise tag

The Green Bay Packers entered the 2022 offseason with several questions needing answers. Whether or not Davante Adams would be with the team was certainly one of them.

When Aaron Rodgers opted to return to the team instead of retiring or requesting a trade, it seemed like the band would be back together again. While that still may end up being the case, it won’t be as easy as 1,2,3.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Adams has informed the Packers front office that he refuses to play under the franchise tag in 2022.

“The sides remain far apart on a long-term deal, per sources,” said Rapoport. “It’s all coming to a head. Something has to give.”

If Adams played under the franchise tag, he would make roughly $20 million during the 2022 season. Clearly, he believes he deserves more, which could cause serious problems for the front office.

The offseason drama continues for the Packers

Packers wide receiver Davante Adams warms up before facing the Ravens
Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers before game against the Baltimore Ravens | Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Packers have been somewhat of a soap opera recently, mainly thanks to Aaron Rodgers. His supposed feud with general manager Brian Gutekunst and president Mark Murphy came to a head, and it was unclear if he’d play for the team in 2021. Cooler heads prevailed, but the elephant remained in the room throughout the season.

Green Bay hoped the rest of the offseason would go smoothly after Rodgers decided to stay. However, the Packers have one of the best available free agents on the market, and he is not happy.

Green Bay inked Rodgers to a four-year, $200 million contract extension. The Packers already weren’t in an ideal financial situation. The team is currently $17.3 million over the salary cap, second-worst behind the Los Angeles Rams.

Considering the circumstances, it could be difficult to create enough cap room to give Davante Adams the contract he wants while fielding a Super Bowl contender in 2022.

Surely, the front office wants to keep star quarterback and wide receiver happy. However, it looks like the two sides could be in for another long offseason.

The All-Pro wideout deserves a huge payday

Davante Adams’ contract demands put the Green Bay Packers in a challenging situation. However, he’s not wrong for wanting to get paid.

After a slow start to his career, the Fresno State product has blossomed into the best wide receiver in the NFL. He has recorded 669 receptions, 8,121 receiving yards, and 73 touchdowns in 116 games. Adams has racked up more than 1,300 yards in two of the last three seasons, and he led the league in receiving touchdowns in 2020 (18).

Only two other receivers in NFL history have recorded 650 receptions, 8,000 receiving yards, and 70 scores in their first eight seasons (Larry Fitzgerald and Marvin Harrison). Adams is in rare company.

The All-Pro wideout carries a market value of five years, $129.3 million, or $25.8 million annually. Sure, $20 million is a lot of money. However, when Adams sees a player like Christian Kirk get a four-year, $84 million deal, it should only heighten his desire for more.

The Packers are stuck between a rock and a hard place, which is terrible news for all parties involved.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and contract figures courtesy of Spotrac

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