Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will be the gem of the 2022 NFL free-agent class.
Adams has been one of the league's most consistent producers over the last five seasons. Since the 2016 campaign began, he has 5,955 receiving yards—more than any receiver other than DeAndre Hopkins—and a league-leading 57 receiving touchdowns.
Adams has shown the ability to excel in multiple systems—playing under both head coach Mike McCarthy and Matt LaFleur—and regularly beats both man and zone coverages. He'll also still be on the right side of 30 when he signs his next contract.
Although Adams' injury history is mildly concerning—he's avoided missing time in only two of his eight seasons thus far—he should still command a massive contract on the open market.
It remains to be seen if Adams will only consider Super Bowl contenders, or if the one-time champion is willing to help an upcoming franchise get to the top. Regardless, he won't come cheap after working hard to get to the top of the NFL's receiver hierarchy.
With that in mind, here's a look at the top five destinations where Adams could land in free agency.
New York Jets
The New York Jets are on pace for their sixth consecutive season with five or less wins. They desperately need to acquire more talent to reemerge as a contender out of the AFC East.
Signing Adams could help fast-track their rise back to relevance.
Adams would immediately vault to the top of the the Jets' receiving corps. He'd join a unit that also includes current No. 1 Corey Davis, who's best suited as a second option, and promising rookie Elijah Moore.
Adding a wideout of Adams' caliber would also greatly aid the development of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. The No. 2 overall pick has gotten off to a slow start to his professional career, completing only 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,168 yards and four touchdowns against nine interceptions while taking 19 sacks.
The Jets also need to improve their offensive line, but having Adams to lean on would make life much easier for the BYU product.
Spotrac projects the Jets to have $53.2 million in salary-cap space this offseason, which should be more than enough room to sign Adams. It might be tough to convince him to play for a team that has struggled for so long, but a massive contract could entice him to take a chance on this organization.
The Detroit Lions are painfully aware of what Adams brings to the table after facing him 12 times over the last eight years. He's caught 65 passes for 723 yards and seven touchdowns in those games, so stealing him away from a divisional rival would be a huge coup for this up-and-coming franchise.
While winless Detroit has been the league's most inept team during a trying 2021 campaign, the club has shown some promise under head coach Dan Campbell.
Over the last three games, the Lions managed to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers and lost to the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns by a combined five points. Half of their defeats have come by no more than one score, so they've often kept things close despite being severely outgunned by most of their foes.
Adding a wideout of Adams' caliber into the mix could turn many of those losses into victories.
One of Detroit's biggest weaknesses right now is a severe lack of receiving talent. The Lions went into 2021 with Tyrell Williams and Quintez Cephus set to play major roles, but they have since lost both to injuries.
While fourth-round rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown looks like a great middle-round pickup, the club desperately needs to find some established veterans to help turn things around in the Motor City.