The Packers traded Adams to the Raiders for two draft picks in the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. A week and a half removed from receiving the franchise tag from the Packers, Adams suddenly finds himself on the move. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Adams will sign a new contract with the Raiders for five years, $141.25 million as he reunites with Derek Carr, his college quarterback at Fresno State. Adams is coming off a six-year stretch in which he surpassed 1,000 yards receiving three times and hit double-digit touchdowns on five occasions. As for the Packers, they'll receive Las Vegas' 2022 first- and second-round picks as compensation, per Schefter.
Adams has informed the Packers he won't play on the franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Packers tagged Adams last week, as expected, keeping the star wideout under team control alongside QB Aaron Rodgers. The team has a difficult cap situation and apparently hasn't made much early progress in long-term discussions with Adams, but the two sides still have four months to reach an agreement before the July 15 extension deadline for franchise-tagged players.
The Packers placed the franchise tag on Adams on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Green Bay now has addressed two of its biggest question marks of the offseason in the matter of hours, keeping Adams in the fold following Aaron Rodgers' decision to return for an 18th season. Adams has strung together six consecutive campaigns with at least 117 targets, a stretch in which he's averaged 97 catches for 1,199 yards and 11.5 touchdowns per season. The Packers and his representatives will now attempt to work out a long-term extension so the club can avoid being on the hook for the full cap hit on his $18.4 million franchise tender in 2022.
Adams secured nine of 11 targets for 90 yards during the Packers' 13-10 divisional-round loss to the 49ers on Saturday night. Adams drew even with Aaron Jones for the team lead in receptions while pacing the team in targets. The standout receiver was particularly productive early, recording the game's first catch (14 yards), adding 10- and 11-yard receptions on that opening drive, and contributing another pair of grabs for 15 yards before halftime. The abrupt and disappointing finish to the Packers' season doesn't take away from Adams' eye-popping accomplishments this past regular season, one that saw him produce a franchise-record 1,553 receiving yards on 123 receptions, figures he complemented with 11 touchdowns.
Adams caught six passes for 55 yards on seven targets against Detroit on Sunday. Adams could have done much more if he and Aaron Rodgers had played the entire game, but the main reason for Adams playing at all was arguably to get him the Green Bay single-season receiving yardage record, which he successfully secured with this box score. Adams finishes the regular season with 123 receptions for 1,553 yards (beating Jordy Nelson's 1,519 from 2014) and 11 touchdowns in 16 games, and now he'll prepare for Green Bay's playoff run.
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|1||09/11||@Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|5||10/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
|8||10/30||@New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|14||12/08||@Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|15||12/18||New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|17||01/01||San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|18||01/08||Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
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