The drama we saw unfold in Green Bay during the offseason has now extended to training camp. That includes disgruntled star receiver Davante Adams, who took to the podium to speak with the media on Wednesday.
Appearing in front of the media after teammate Aaron Rodgers, Adams made it perfectly clear that he’s not going to take a hometown discount to sign an extension with the Packers. More to the point, he wants to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.
“What other profession do you take less than what you have earned? I’ve earned the right to be paid the highest in the league,” Adams told reporters.
The Pro Bowler also made it clear that talks between himself and the Packers are not going swimmingly.
With Rodgers’ situation being the central focus in Green Bay, Adams’ issues with the Packers have flown under the radar to an extent. But this is certainly an issue worth monitoring.
Adams, 28, is currently playing under a mere four-year, $58 million contract he signed with Green Bay back in 2017. Said deal has Adams as the 18th highest-paid wide receiver in terms of average annual salary.
Last season alone, the former Fresno State star recorded 115 receptions for 1,374 yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns. He also caught a resounding 77.2% of his targets.
Given what Davante Adams had to say to reporters, it appears that he’s not going to accept anything less than the $27.25 million DeAndre Hopkins is earning annually on his contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
At issue here are the guarantees and length of a potential deal. Hopkins’ contract is an outlier in that it’s for just two seasons at $54.5 million. Every other top-paid receiver in the NFL is playing under longer-term deal. Hence, why Hopkins is earning $5.25 million more annually than any other receiver in the game.
Set to become a free agent after the 2021 season, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this might be Davante Adams’ “last dance” with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Nothing the receiver said on Wednesday changed that.