After Aaron Rodgers reportedly turned down an extension earlier this offseason that would have made him the league's highest-paid player, Davante Adams and the Packers have broken off talks for a longterm extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The four-time Pro Bowler will likely enter the 2021 season with one year remaining on his current contract, as there are reportedly no plans to resume negotiations.
The Packers' contract proposals would not make Adams the NFL's highest-paid receiver, according to Rapoport. That title is currently held by the Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins, who brings in an annual salary of $27.25 million. Hopkins, Titans wideout Julio Jones, Chargers veteran Keenan Allen and Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper are the league's highest-paid receivers, with each player receiving at least $20 million in annual salary. Adams' $14.5 annual salary is currently the 18th highest total in the league, according to Over the Cap.
Adams, the NFL's leader in touchdown receptions in 2020, has been extremely transparent about his future plans. While he said that his aim is to remain with the Packers beyond 2021, he admitted that Aaron Rodgers' future with the franchise will likely impact his plans beyond this season.
"I'm not planning on going anywhere," Adams recently told Graham Matthews of Bleacher Report. "[The plan is] only one piece of it, though. Obviously, the quarterback situation helps it, but the stars got to align across the board as far as contractually. We'll figure all that stuff out and let it happen. I'll be at training camp like I said regardless, we're going to play the season, and we'll see how all of that pans out."
While Adams is expected to be at training camp, Rodgers' status for the 2021 season continues to be a mystery. During the American Century Championship golf outing earlier this month, Rodgers said that he would "figure things out in a couple of weeks" as it relates to his status for the upcoming season. Rodgers was a no-show during OTAs as well as the Packers' mandatory minicamp.
Rodgers and Adams have been one of the NFL's best QB-WR duos over the past half-century. Not only has the duo helped the Packers advance to the past two NFC Championship Games, they passed Brett Favre and Donald Driver for the most completions between a Packers quarterback and a receiver during the 2020 season.
"I've said for so long that Charles (Woodson) was the best player that I've played with," Rodgers said shortly after setting the franchise completion record with Adams, via Olivia Reiner of Packers News. "And Charles could dominate in a way that I've never seen a nickel corner dominate before. It's probably time to start putting Davante in that conversation because he's that type of player. He's a special player."