Davante Adams took less money to go to the Las Vegas Raiders because he did not want to play for the Green Bay Packers anymore.
Although Adams grew up a Raiders fan and Derek Carr, his best friend from college, currently quarterbacks the Silver and Black, the news that Adams accepted less money to go to Las Vegas is very concerning. This came in the aftermath of Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander getting a massive extension. Ian Rapoport would go on to spell out the details of the whole situation during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show.
“The Packers offered Davante Adams a bigger deal over the first two years than the Raiders did … he just didn’t wanna be there,” said Rapoport on The Pat McAfee Show Monday.
Green Bay Packers: Davante Adams took less money from the Las Vegas Raiders
While the absence of a state income tax is a huge draw to Southern Nevada — as is the opportunity for Adams to play on his favorite childhood team with his best friend at quarterback — this says more about Green Bay than anything. Though he had a strong connection with Aaron Rodgers for years, their working relationship may not have been as strong as others previously indicated. Now, it’s over.
Given that Rodgers appears regularly on The Pat McAfee Show, as he is great friends with second-hour co-host A.J. Hawk from their playing days in Green Bay, one would think the recent developments surrounding Adams’ departure would be discussed during his next guest spot. Ultimately, the Packers’ window to advance to and win another Super Bowl shrinks considerably without Adams.
While there is no telling how another tumultuous offseason for the Packers and Raiders will impact their upcoming 2022 campaigns, Green Bay should win the NFC North yet again, and the Raiders should push for a playoff spot in the AFC. Very rarely does a wide receiver switch teams and the move impacts the overall viability of the two franchises, but most wide receivers are not the caliber of Davante Adams.
By leaving Green Bay, Adams made it clear that money was not the driving force to keep him around.