Davante Adams: It was a dream to be a Raider

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Wide receiver Davante Adams met the media on Tuesday for the first time since being traded to the Raiders and said that getting a chance to join the team allowed him to fulfill a couple of his goals.

One was to play for the team he rooted for while growing up in Northern California and the other was to play in the NFL with Derek Carr. Carr was Adams’ quarterback at Fresno State and the two men had spoken many times about how great it would be to have a chance to do so again at the professional level.

Adams said it was “something we definitely looked forward to potentially down the road” and that those conversations got more frequent after the prospect of Adams being traded became more likely in the last couple of weeks.

“As things progressed, obviously we communicated multiple times a week,” Adams said, via Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Once we got to a point where it was something that could be realistic and not just a thought, we started to put a little plan together. I was still back in Green Bay at that point. I was still weighing my options. I grew up in East Palo Alto. I’ve been a Raiders fan all my life. It was a dream to be a Raider. I said I wanted to be an NFL star, and I was wearing a Charles Woodson jersey at the time. I guess you could say it was meant to be.”

Adams noted that playing with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay was “a dream itself” as well and the massive contract he signed with the Raiders will allow him to realize plenty of other aspirations, so there are a lot of reasons for Adams to be happy about how things have played out for him in football.

88 responses to “Davante Adams: It was a dream to be a Raider

  1. Why?
    These aren’t the raiders of the 70’s.
    And haven’t won anything for almost 40 years.

  2. Doesn’t sound like he’s going to miss Green Bay at all. Kinda sounds like he never really wanted to be there in the first place.

  3. City of Green Bay or Vegas for a rich young man. Thats great for him! No not every player there has issues. Adams seems like a cool dude.

  4. Raiders got that state of the art stadium and no state income tax helped a bit 🙂

  5. And I’m sure living anywhere other than Green Bay will seem like a fantasy come to life.

  6. It is cool when these guys get to play on the team they cheered on as children.

  7. It was a dream to be part of one of the most dysfunctional organizations of the past 20 years?!

  8. As Bart Scott would say, can’t wait! This division is going to be a war every game!!!

  9. It’s easy to view this in terms of what Adams will ultimately achieve with the Raiders as opposed to going somewhere else (or staying put in Green Bay). But there’s something to be said for him going to a team he’s supported all his life. And if we’re being honest as fans, most of us would do the same thing.

  10. I am a Packer fan. I wish him the best. I also love that he was able to go back and play for and with his “team” and college buddy. He added tremendous work ethic to make his dream come true. We can all learn from that.

  11. Now he can watch Rodgers choke from a nice warm living room instead of the frozen tundra

  12. When the Raiders go 6-11 this year, Davante will wish he was back in Green Bay getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

  13. Wishing nothing but the best for Davante. This is a trade that pays dividends for both teams and the player. Green Bay gets massive cap relief that permitted key signings of its own free agents, plus two high draft picks. It was a fair deal and Davante was a great Packer.

    We look forward to his induction into the Packers hall of fame!

  14. Well, I wonder which Charles Woodson Jersey was he wearing? Charles played for both the Raiders and Packers..

  15. supercharger says:
    March 22, 2022 at 7:18 pm
    Nice to see tradition still mean something today to some people.
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    I agree. But that was when they were the Oakland Raiders, Lamonica was the quarterback and Curt Gowdy was making the call.

  16. upnorthvikesfan says:
    March 22, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Doesn’t sound like he’s going to miss Green Bay at all. Kinda sounds like he never really wanted to be there in the first place.
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    Though it was his big introduction to Las Vegas and Raider Nation, Davante went on to say, “Playing in Green Bay, was a great situation. Having the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, that is a dream itself. I would never take anything away from Green Bay and what Green Bay gave me.”

    It was a pleasure having a player of Davante’s caliber for 8 seasons.
    He was integral to a lot of Packer wins and overall team success.
    He was always a pro, on and off the field and he’ll be missed.

  17. I guess he got tired of going deep into the playoffs and wanted shorter seasons with the Raiders.

  18. I’m sure he is looking forward to going to a restaurant/bar that isn’t decorated with knotty pine paneling.

  19. Wish you nothing but the best Davante (unless you’re playing the Pack). Thanks for all of the memories and amazing highlights.

  20. nathanp2013 says:

    I’m sure he is looking forward to going to a restaurant/bar that isn’t decorated with knotty pine paneling.
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    What kind of man doesnt like a cold beer in a warm dive bar in the great north woods?

  21. He just threw his career away. 13 wins a year with Rodgers or one plat off game every 20 years or so with Vegas where the Raiders check out every yr.

  22. Sounds like a subtle jab to us. Hope he doesn’t mean it was a nightmare playing for the Packers.

  23. upnorthvikesfan says:
    March 22, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Doesn’t sound like he’s going to miss Green Bay at all. Kinda sounds like he never really wanted to be there in the first place.
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    Davante penned a goodbye letter to Packer fans over the weekend.
    After thanking the organization and his teammates he had this to say, “Lastly, to the city of Green Bay and it’s fans…putting on the green and gold jersey and competing for you has been one of the greatest honors of my life. From day one, you welcomed a kid from the Bay with open arms and made me and my family feel at home there. I can never repay you for your gratitude, but just know that this city will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

    Hope these posts helped to inform you a little bit more. 😃

  24. I don’t think the packers offered him anything near as lucrative. They won’t even pay a no 2 to get to a SB. I think they made that up after the fact to steer fans away from blaming Aarons contract. They had multiple chances to pay him and many years to put money into that position group to get two extra wins at the end of year and simply wouldn’t. They do not pay receivers that much in GB. They just don’t.

  25. If my Seahawks aren’t winning I’d happily root for the Raiders. Prior to 1976 they were Seattle’s only “team” in the 1970’s. All the Raider games were televised in Seattle and it wasn’t hard to love the old Al Davis teams coached by Madden and QB’s by the Snake. So I hope Adams and the Raiders give Russell Wilson and the Broncos two L’s next year!

  26. joshcomputername says:
    March 22, 2022 at 8:40 pm
    I don’t think the packers offered him anything near as lucrative. They won’t even pay a no 2 to get to a SB. I think they made that up after the fact to steer fans away from blaming Aarons contract. They had multiple chances to pay him and many years to put money into that position group to get two extra wins at the end of year and simply wouldn’t. They do not pay receivers that much in GB. They just don’t.
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    Nobody pays receivers that much.

  27. The Raiders are where players go to see their careers die. Remember what Randy Moss said. “It’s fishy around here.”

  28. Despite benefitting from the money that gambling helps pull in, Nevada also has a considerably higher sales tax than Wisconsin. Won’t bother a millionaire much, but for most people they get you one way or another.

  29. Packers fans meltdown is the best yet. If he really wanted to stay in Green Bay he would have. The Packers organization really is to blame, they should of handled their business. They should have done the deal a year or two years ago. As a Vikings fan I wanted Jefferson to be the best in the North and not have him be the best by default.

    Adams to me is the best, hell half the highlights on TV show A A Ron throwing to him. You can rationalize all you want Packers rubes….but this is a huge loss for your beloved team. Ya all better hope you find a Jefferson in the draft because right now the offense is on dimensional and do not sit there and tell me Aaron Jones is better than Dalvin Cook.

    Empires rise and fall….. no 13 world championships can save ya all now, nor will MVP trophies…..the bitter end is near.

  30. All the homer raiders’ fans. Lol. Enjoy the regression this fall. It’s inevitable.

  31. Cousins from Wisconsin just pulled into town to visit. Told me they’d rather keep Davante and lose Rodgers’ drama. Oh well …

  32. Visions of Randy Miss come to mind with this change…. Raiders haven’t won anything meaningful in decades…. He’s fooling no one with that “dream”.

  33. This couldn’t have worked out better for the Packers. Better than I could dream of. He was a bargain his years in Green Bay and now the Raiders not only will over pay for his salary they give back a 1st and 2nd round picks. This is why Green Bay stays in the playoffs and the Raiders, well are the Raiders.

  34. Steal a page from the late great Norm MacDonald. Note to self: Come up with better dreams.

  35. I have said it before as people use this trade to bash Rodgers cuz its the “cool thing” to do.

    The dude had a dream to have the Raiders logo on him since he was a kid, I think its cool he wasn’t just going to settle for being a great WR in the NFL, he wanted to be a great WR for the Raiders, its clearly what he wanted, and I hope he has a wonderful rest of his career.

  36. Years ago Greg Jennings thought he was such a great receiver and that HE was responsible for making Rodgers look good and mouthed his way out of Green Bay. He soon found out how good Rodgers was when In Minnesota, the balls no longer hit him in the hands in full stride. Now the balls were bouncing off the turf or behind him. Adams will find the same with his old buddy

  37. The Raiders logo shows a man with a patch on one eye, and the other eye closed. Seems about right

  38. Some good posts by some Packer fans and some good “Sour Grapes” posts by others!

  39. Carr and Adams will be a deadly duo in the NFL. They will be a top 3 QB-WR duo in the NFL right now.

  40. upnorthvikesfan says:
    Doesn’t sound like he’s going to miss Green Bay at all. Kinda sounds like he never really wanted to be there in the first place.

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    I could see how you’d think that if you only read this site. But if you saw DA’s statement about GB you’d see that he loved the team and the QB, but wanted to chase his dream (and money, obviously).
    I don’t know what is so hard for most fans about understanding that just because a player changes teams doesn’t mean they want to see their former team implode. A lot of these guys know each other and are friends.
    I get that that is “fandom” in a nutshell… but try to be moderately objective about it and I promise you that football is more enjoyable overall.

  41. I want what ever he bought and used after getting paid to join a non-contender.

  42. joshcomputername says:
    I don’t think the packers offered him anything near as lucrative. They won’t even pay a no 2 to get to a SB. I think they made that up after the fact to steer fans away from blaming Aarons contract. They had multiple chances to pay him and many years to put money into that position group to get two extra wins at the end of year and simply wouldn’t. They do not pay receivers that much in GB. They just don’t.
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    This isn’t rocket science. Adams wanted to go. I agree that they had chances to extend him, but Hopkins got a new deal around the same time and Adams (rightfully) wanted to get paid like him. The hard truth for some people to understand is that while DA is absolutely fantastic, he is not as valuable to GB as he is to other teams. Which means that he won’t necessarily be paid as well in GB than other teams will be willing to pay. DA deserves this massive contract, he outplayed his deal in GB significantly. But teams do not have great, long-term runs by overpaying for past performance. And while I think DA is still a top 3 WR in the NFL, he is unlikely to hold that value throughout a long-term deal.
    It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that GB either did or did not offer him the same money.
    They could have swung it. But he also seemed totally uninterested in staying in GB even during previous negotiations, and Rodgers contract probably didn’t have much to do with this at all. It’s likely that DA knew he wasn’t going to be around after this contract in GB DURING the season (or maybe even the season before that, honestly). The whole “Last Dance” manufactured (by the media) drama wasn’t about Rodgers… it was about Adams. Rodgers went out of his way to help build up Adams these last couple of years… some would say to the detriment of the team (like against the 49ers in the divisional round).
    Not absolving the front office of blame for DA wanting to leave, but there’s a lot more nuance than “Rodgers makes a lot of money so they can’t sign anyone”… meanwhile they’re bringing back ALL of the important pieces of their defense from last year and likely improving it. There’s no real evidence that Rodgers contract is limiting the team right now. Sure the can is being kicked, but that’s what you do when you have a HoF/MVP QB and he isn’t on a rookie deal anymore.

  43. Going to the Raiders is a nightmare! The team hasn’t been respected nor a threat in that division since the John Madden days.

  44. He will be shocked when he see’s Carr likes to pass the ball around and doesnt have the arm Rodgers did but hey he still gets paid baby.

  45. Jordy Nelson part 2.
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    Nelson wasn’t the same after his knee injury.

    I’ll be really surprised if Adams doesn’t have 3 more solid seasons.

  46. The whole “Last Dance” manufactured (by the media) drama wasn’t about Rodgers… it was about Adams.
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    Thats the truth, for anyone who cares to see it.

  47. Years ago Greg Jennings thought he was such a great receiver and that HE was responsible for making Rodgers look good and mouthed his way out of Green Bay.
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    The Packers tried to keep Jennings. He started running his mouth after he left, trying to stay relevant.

  48. This couldn’t have worked out better for the Packers.
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    Remains to be seen.

    What if they miss on the WR they draft? What if Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers are the 1, 2 & 3 WRs for 2022?

    Thats horrifying!

  49. Everyone talking about WRs leaving GB, Adams was HANDSDOWN the best skillset of all that Rodgers played with.

    Besides while everyone is talking about what GB doesn’t whats more intersting to me, is we are going A LOT about the offensive mind of LaFleur, and what he can or can’t scheme to get people open.

  50. pushingp135 says:
    March 23, 2022 at 8:28 am
    Carr and Adams will be a deadly duo in the NFL. They will be a top 3 QB-WR duo in the NFL right now.

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    Correction: Top 10 QB-WR duo, that was a bit of a overstatement

  51. pushingp135 says:
    March 23, 2022 at 8:28 am
    Adams and Carr will be a deadly duo in the NFL. They will be a top 3 QB-WR duo in the NFL right now.

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    Correction: Top 10 QB-WR duo, that was a bit of a overstatement

  52. Good for Tae and good for GB. Tae gets to play for his boyhood team and with his college WB while becoming the highest paid WR at age 29.

    GB cleared cap room, signed Campbell, Douglas and Reed to shore up the D and picked up a first and second in the process. I like this move for both sides. And I still like GB’s chances to get back to the SB over the Raiders’ and most other teams. I’d take this trade every time – especially with the depth in the WR class most years.

    6’5”, 300 lb lineman who can move are rare. Athletic WRs are by comparison are a dime a dozen. I think Packers fans will feel good about the team come training camp.

  53. “What if they miss on the WR they draft? What if Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers are the 1, 2 & 3 WRs for 2022? Thats horrifying!”

    Packers with those receivers are 7-0 when Adams missed games over the past two seasons.
    We will be fine…

  54. The problem is with the Packers.org. They insist on trying to do the “money ball” routine of playing with the cheapest contracts they can get buy with. Look their philosophy for years has been, we have a HOF QB who will put points on the board so we dont need no stinkin defense that also good. Just try and slow down other teams not prevent them from scoring and that doesnt require high priced players.
    The problem the good players find out they arent needed once they reach a salary level that is too high for them. Lots of X angry packer players out there who were let go.

  55. Everyone talking about WRs leaving GB, Adams was HANDSDOWN the best skillset of all that Rodgers played with.

    Besides while everyone is talking about what GB doesn’t whats more intersting to me, is we are going A LOT about the offensive mind of LaFleur, and what he can or can’t scheme to get people open.
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    Nelson was every bit Adams equal. I wouldn’t put Jennings in quite the same category, but he was an amazing deep threat and had a knack for making big plays.

    No educated fan would knock LaFleur for failing to get his guys open. Those that would haven’t been watching.

  56. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    March 23, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Nelson was every bit Adams equal. I wouldn’t put Jennings in quite the same category, but he was an amazing deep threat and had a knack for making big plays.

    No educated fan would knock LaFleur for failing to get his guys open. Those that would haven’t been watching.
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    I love Jordy as much as the next guy, but when Jordy played the ball was spread out well, he Jennings Jermichael all get about 75 catches a season. Where as Defenses would scheme to try to stop Adams this season and still fail, and Lazard or MVS was option 2.

    I feel that LaFleur did a pretty good job of scheming people open last year, but Rodgers has to throw it to them, and then the WR need to catch and make a play after.

  57. I feel that LaFleur did a pretty good job of scheming people open last year, but Rodgers has to throw it to them, and then the WR need to catch and make a play after.
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    But we’re only talking about 1 game. Unfortunately the biggest game. Where the two teams run the same scheme so the opponent knew what to key on.

    I just don’t see that as a problem. Maybe it will be with Adams gone.

  58. Lots of X angry packer players out there who were let go.
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    They’ve been right on practically everyone they let go of.

    Josh Sitton is pretty much the only exception that comes to mind.

    .. well, and Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde. But they just flat out whiffed on those two. Symptomatic of alot of things that were going wrong with the organization at the time.

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