News broke a few days ago that the Packers traded Davante Adams. They sent him to the Las Vegas Raiders for a first and second round pick in this year’s draft. That was a shocking move that very few people expected to happen.
However, details came out about why the trade occurred and when looking at how it all went down, it’s understandable on both sides. Yes, it does hurt losing arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. Yes, it will certainly be hard to replace him. But trading Davante Adams can actually help the Packers. Here is why.
Aaron Rodgers Will Spread the Ball Around More
Davante Adams being traded leaves a big hole on the Packers’ offense, as there is no true number one wide receiver on their roster. However, the Packers are 7-0 with Davante Adams not in the lineup. This is because Aaron Rodgers spreads the ball around more and throws it to the open receiver.
When Davante was in the lineup, Rodgers would often force the ball to him and make the offense a bit one dimensional. This was evidenced in the playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. Now, with Adams no longer on the team, Rodgers will play more within the system and not try to force feed the ball to one person.
The Packers Have Two High Picks in This Year’s Draft
Green Bay received the Las Vegas Raiders’ first and second round picks in this year’s draft. That means they have four picks in the top 64, which is huge. It offers a lot of ammunition and opportunities to make a lot of moves. It also helps Brian Gutekunst, who’s done well drafting in the first and second rounds of the draft during his tenure as GM.
The Packers can use these extra picks in a number of ways, including trading up to get a player they really want. They can even can trade back to get more picks. Green Bay is in a very good spot for the draft this year, thanks to the Davante Adams trade.
Rasul Douglas Will Be Back, Solidifying the Packers’ Secondary
Another big positive from this trade is that the Packers can bring back Rasul Douglas. Trading Davante freed almost $20 million in cap space for Green Bay. Getting Douglas back will strengthen the Packers’ secondary immensely.
Rasul Douglas, Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, Darnell Savage, and Adrian Amos make up the strongest secondary the Packers have had in a long time. While it is disheartening the Packers lost Adams, getting Douglas back on the defense is a huge positive for the them.
The Packers Might Have Fleeced the Raiders
Yes, the Las Vegas Raiders got Davante Adams, who’s a great player and arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. However, they seemed pretty desperate to get him and gave up two premium picks in return. For a team with quite a few holes on their defense and offensive line, they could’ve used those picks.
Now, the Raiders will not make a pick until the third round. Not to mention, giving multiple high picks to a team that has a much better roster will only make them even better. In addition, while Davante Adams is a great receiver, he’s about to be thirty years old as well. Time will tell on who wins this trade.
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