Report: Packers preparing to franchise tag Davante Adams

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He signed a long-term deal just before the expiration of his rookie contract. Now, with his second contract soon to expire, the Packers could soon be exercising their right to keep receiver Davante Adams in place.

The Packers are preparing to apply the franchise tag to Adams, in order to keep him from hitting the open market in March, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

By rule, Adams would be entitled to a 20-percent raise over his 2021 cap number, if it’s more than the base franchise tag. At $16.787 million for 2021, that’s a tag in the amount of $20.144 million.

Adams wouldn’t be happy about being kept away from the open market, or from using a potential departure to leverage a better deal. He’ll have options in response to the Packers utilizing the tag, including for example withholding all services until the eve of the regular-season opener, while still getting the full amount when he shows up.

The X factor regarding the Adams situation will be quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Will the treatment of Adams impact Rodgers’s willingness to stay? Will Adams agitate for a trade, perhaps to the team that acquires Rodgers?

Maybe the eventual transaction will consist of a trade for both Rodgers and Adams. That would be nutty, but nuttier things have happened.

8 responses to “Report: Packers preparing to franchise tag Davante Adams

  1. Anyone who thought they wouldn’t do this was dreaming. It’s a no brainer and figure out where to go from there.

  2. They are going to be 40+ million over the cap. Of course, it’s the Packers, so league will likely not hold them to anything

  3. If Rodgers and Packers brass come to an agreement,.. Adams will sign a new deal with GB. He and Rodgers are tied at the hip.
    Now if the opposite happens and GB trades Rodgers,… that team will need to make room for Adams via sign and trade.
    It’s all business.

  4. including for example withholding all services until the eve of the regular-season opener, while still getting the full amount when he shows up.
    +++++
    oh no davante didn’t get any practice reps or exhibition games. How will he remember the playbook?

    If I understand this right utilizing the franchise tag Green Bay can basically keep Davante for 2 years for about $45 million. That’s worth it, I don’t think it’s wise to commit to more years given his age.

  5. I wonder how Ari’s other bandwagon team, the Pats feel about it. Do they approve??

  6. That is what it takes to keep star players in green bay. Nobody want to live there

  7. Just wait until he doesn’t have Rodgers throwing him the ball. Davante is an average receiver playing with a HOF QB. Rodgers makes Allan Lazard look good.

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