Earlier this offseason, the Green Bay Packers franchise tagged Davante Adams. Under the franchise tag, Adams was due to make about $20 million in 2022. However, the Packers ended up trading Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. In return, Green Bay received a first and second round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. At the time, there were many rumors surrounding Adams and his willingness (or lack there of) to play under the franchise tag. In a recent article in The Athletic, Jeff Howe reported some details that had not been public before.
What Davante Adams Told the Packers
According to Howe, Davante Adams called Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur, and others in the front office telling them that “he’d never play for Green Bay again.” According to Lowe, “The conversations were respectful, and Adams believed they were necessary to get his point across.” These statements confirm what many had already believed. If the Packers had not traded Adams, he would have held out of the 2022 season. By trading him, the Packers at least received some draft picks.
The Packers Originally Wanted a First and a Player
According to Howe, when the Packers and Raiders were discussing a trade, the Packers wanted an unnamed player and a first round pick. NFL rules, however, state that a player who has been tagged cannot be traded for another player. As a result, the Packers asked for a second round pick in this year’s draft in addition to a first.
It is anybody’s guess who that unnamed player might have been. However, given how dominant a wide receiver Adams is, it may have been another wide receiver.
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