The Green Bay Packers have now entered the summer lull between offseason workouts and the start of NFL training camp on July 27 where next-to-nothing of substance is going to happen to shake up the status quo of the current roster — unless, of course, they work out their troubles with Aaron Rodgers.
In the meantime, though, the Packers have some long-term questions to consider about their 2022 free agents that could influence how they go about building their roster for the 2021 season. Fifteen of their current players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next March, including a handful of starters. They will also have two restricted free agents and 11 exclusive rights free agents.
Here’s a closer look at which five 2022 free agents are most important for the Packers heading into this year’s training-camp competitions:
Davante Adams, WR
There’s no question that Adams will be the Packers’ most important free agent in 2022 after emerging as one of the NFL’s elite over the past few seasons. He reached career-high receiving marks in 2020 with 115 receptions and 18 touchdowns and could outdo himself again in the upcoming season if Aaron Rodgers is back as their quarterback. There are a couple of reasons to question whether their union will last beyond the 2021 season, though.
For starters, Adams will cost a large massive amount of money to sign him to a third contract. The 28-year-old wide receiver is at the top of his game and could command top-tier money on the open market next offseason. Spotrac projects he could earn as much as $24.9 million per season, which would make him the NFL’s second-highest-paid wideout beyond DeAndre Hopkins. That’s far from ideal with Green Bay currently set to be more than $30 million over the 2022 salary cap.