Packers All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams has made it clear that he wants to be the highest paid at his position in the NFL. And according to Boardroom’s Jordan Schultz, Green Bay intended to do just that before ultimately being forced to franchise him.
Per Schultz, “Packers offered Davante Adams over $23M per year – highest ever for a WR – but declined it. The NFLPA’s ‘new money average’ says the highest ever is DeAndre Hopkins at over $27M. However, that was 2 extra years added to a 3-year deal and has skewed market significantly.”
Sources: #Packers offered Davante Adams over $23M per year – highest ever for a WR – but declined it. The NFLPA’s “new money average” says the highest ever is DeAndre Hopkins at over $27M. However, that was 2 extra years added to a 3-year deal and has skewed market significantly.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 15, 2022
Adams has since made it clear to the team that he will not play under the tag; which would pay the 29-year-old roughly $20 million this upcoming season. Not only did DeAndre Hopkins extension with the Cardinals kind of reset the market, but Christian Kirk’s latest deal with the Jaguars has also played a role in wide receiver’s negotiations going forward.
Kirk, who is a nice receiver, signed a huge deal with Jacksonville that could pay him up to $84 million over four years. But he doesn’t have nearly the accolades that a WR like Davante Adams has.
On top of that, the Packers extension for Aaron Rodgers doesn’t make it any easier to shell out for the five-time Pro Bowl wideout. One would think the two sides will eventually get a deal done. But the surrounding circumstances have made things a bit more difficult.