Wednesday was quite the eventful day in Green Bay. Not only did Aaron Rodgers speak candidly about his offseason feud with the Green Bay Packers, but Davante Adams didn't pull any punches when talking about his situation with the franchise either. The star pass-catcher is entering the final year of his contract and is set to be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. It's at that point where Adams has the ability to possibly fetch a market-setting contract. The 28-year-old even said he's "earned the right to be paid the highest in the league."
A deal that lives up to that goal would need to surpass Cardinals star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has an average annual salary of $27.25 million. Currently, Adams' AAV is $14.5 million, ranking 18th among receivers.
"I'm not gonna get too far into details about the numbers and all of that stuff, but I like to say that I've outperformed my last contract or my current contract," Adams told reporters Wednesday as he arrived to training camp instead of holding out. "I'm going to keep elevating. At the end of the day, however it pans out, it pans out that way and I'm going to think long and hard about how everything goes. At this point, like I said, I'm here for my teammates and I'm really excited to be back. I told you guys before -- I'm a man of my word and I'm ready to play."
Of course, it remains to be seen if Adams will get that type of contract and if it'll be with the Packers or not. On Thursday, GM Brian Gutekunst did nod that Adams is deserving of a deal of that magnitude, but said that there are different ways of determining if you're the highest-paid player at your respective position.
"I think there's a little bit with that situation how you determine what the highest wide receiver is getting paid," Gutekunst said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Gutekunst didn't dive too deeply into the different facets of determining the highest-paid player, but there are a few examples. Outside of AAV, total value at signing, fully guaranteed money, and new money are different categories that could be factored in when coming to that conclusion.
As for Adams, contract talks broke off earlier this offseason between the two sides and he said Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate restarting those negotiations during the season.