NFL News: Raiders make big trade move to snag Packers trade star receiver Davante Adams
Big NFL moves continue, and top wide receiver Davante Adams joins the ever-improving AFC West Division, signing with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Just days after MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed his Monster New deal with Green Bay, he lost his top wide receiver goal when Adams opted to play in Las Vegas.
Green Bay will reportedly receive first- and second-round picks from the Raiders for this year’s draft, while Adams will receive a new five-year contract with an average salary of $28.5 million, $67.5 million guaranteed, and the Raiders received an elite receiver at his prime.
Adams is one, if not the, best receiver in the NFL and wanted to be paid as such in his new contract, and although Green Bay agreed, the two parties couldn’t agree on a number.
The Packers reportedly matched, if not surpassed, what Adams was eventually paid in Las Vegas, but the season of dispute had meant the 29-year-old had already decided to leave.
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Adams was keen to join the Raiders — where he’ll now be teaming up with old college quarterback Derek Carr for a team that’s suddenly become a real must-have for next season.
Carr and Adams combined for 3,037 yards and 39 touchdowns during their two years together at Fresno State before they both joined the NFL in 2014.
Both were prolific, but while Carr only played his first playoff game last season and never really had a real top goal to throw at in his prime, Adams found himself in a different stratosphere when he received passes from Aaron Rodgers could catch.
The Raiders have had players like Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Antonio Brown, all of whom have struggled or not been at their best, but in Adams they have a certified stud receiver that should take their game to another level.
With tight end Darren Waller one of the league’s best and Hunter Renfrow shaping up to be an elusive receiver, the Raiders should have a passing attack to rival the best next season.
How will Adams Trade affect Aaron Rodgers?
Rodgers reportedly knew about Adams’ desire to leave while discussing his new contract, and knowing Rodgers as well as we do, there’s no way he would sign that contract without seeing a plan for dealing with the loss.
While the loss of Adams creates some much-needed salary caps in Green Bay, they’re left with an aging Randall Cobb and inexperienced Amari Rodgers and Malik Taylor, and potentially a serious threat to Marquez Valdes scantling.
This isn’t a receiving corps that can make the most of Rodgers’ possibly final years.
When Rodgers and Adams became the best quarterback and receiver partnership in Packers history, combining for 68 touchdowns in Green Bay.
Last season was Adams’ best yet, who is intermittently unplayable and set team records in a season with 123 catches and 1,553 receiving yards.
Adams is the only player in NFL history to have 110+ catches, 1,350 receiving yards and 11+ TDs in three seasons, showing he’s been consistently the best.
If he can continue those numbers with Carr in place of Rodgers, the Raiders will pose a major threat while Green Bay really needs to find an elite replacement – and fast.
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