Don't bet on Davante Adams becoming a free agent after the 2021 season just yet. The Green Bay Packers would still like to get a contact extension done with Adams, even if the discussions last past Week 1. There is no deadline for the Packers to get an extension done.
"We're always open to the conversations, we don't shut things down for the season," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Sunday, via Packers Wire. "I know some teams have done that in the past. Russ and I don't think that's how we would do things. We're open, like last year with David (Bakhtiari), we're willing to work through the season to get things done."
Adams is seeking to become the highest-paid receiver in football, so there's a standard the Packers have to meet. DeAndre Hopkins makes the most in average annual salary at $27.25 million per year, while Amari Cooper has the highest contract in total value at $100 million. For Adams to reach both numbers is certainly possible.
Adams has the most touchdown catches in the league with 23 over the last two seasons and his 91 receiving yards per game trails only Michael Thomas. Adams has 2,371 receiving yards in that span, which is fifth most in the NFL. The catch is he's played just 26 of a possible 32 games.
He has double-digit touchdown receptions in four of the last five seasons and his 58 touchdown catches since the start of the 2016 season are the most in the league (Tyreek Hill is second with 47).
Of course, Adams' future with the Packers is tied with Aaron Rodgers -- but Rodgers' future with the Packers isn't the end all, be all.
"I'm not planning on going anywhere," Adams said last month. "[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.
"We're going to play the season, and we'll see how all of that pans out."
Whatever Adams decides, he's going to cash in.