Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams has gone viral overnight. During the Las Vegas Raiders’ loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday night football, he was seen slamming his helmet down on and cursing on the sideline. Adams had one catch (on seven targets) for 11 yards in the game, including no catches at all in the first half.
Davante Adams was visibly frustrated on the Raiders bench. pic.twitter.com/8wIEyZJleu
— ESPN (@espn) October 31, 2023
Obviously, he is not happy and since the NFL trade deadline is today (Tuesday), there are dozens of scenarios being floated on social media that would land the three-time All-Pro with any number of teams.
Of course, this is not the scenario that Adams had in mind when he first asked the Packers to trade him to the Raiders. In a recent interview with Rich Eisen, Adams revealed how he feels about being on his current team.
Our full conversation with @Raiders All-Pro WR @tae15adams from last Friday – his future in Las Vegas, how much he still talks to @AaronRodgers12 and much more!#NFL #MNF #LVRvsDET #RaiderNation https://t.co/JwLQWMBaX4
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) October 30, 2023
Davante Adams May Not Have Been Asked the Green Bay Packers to Trade Him If He Had Known 1 Thing
For all the talk after the trade, about how Adams wanted to play in front of his grandparents and be closer to his family, there was one real reason why he wanted to play for the Raiders: Derek Carr.
During his interview with Eisen, Adams said it “hurts” that Carr is no longer on the team. He continued:
“I came here to play with Derek. I can’t say I would have been here if he wasn’t here… it definitely hurt not having him around.”
As many fans know, Carr and Adams were college teammates and remained good friends after their NFL careers started. Unfortunately for them both, Carr was sent home early in the only season they played together and then released following the season. Carr now plays for the New Orleans Saints.
It is interesting that Carr says that he may not be in Las Vegas had he known Carr would not be there. When the All-Pro told the Packers he would not play under the franchise tag and requested a trade, he did so for multiple reasons.
First, while the Packers eventually came to him with a massive extension worth over $30 million per season, their initial offer was worth less than $20 million per season and he did not feel like the front office was negotiating in good faith.
Second, Adams did not know what the future of the franchise looked like and how much longer Aaron Rodgers would have remained with the team.
Las Vegas was his preferred destination because of Carr and the proximity to his family. However, it sounds like Carr was the reason more than anything.
Had he known that his friend was not going to be there, would he have signed the extension with the Packers, or would he have requested a trade somewhere else? While no one can answer that question for certain, it is no wonder that he would immediately make this current Packers wide receiver room better.
He wouldn’t make Green Bay into instant contenders. There are far too many other things wrong with the roster for that to be the case.
But he sure would have made life easier for Jordan Love.