Packers fans have spent the summer worrying about Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team as the reigning NFL MVP has stayed away from OTAs and hinted at “philosophical differences” with the way the front office is running the team. But now reports have surfaced that Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams and the Packers have broken off talks for a contract extension and negotiations are not in a good place right now.
Adams is coming off a career season. He caught a franchise record 115 passes for 1,374 yards and a league-best 18 touchdown catches. The former Fresno State star accomplished all this despite missing two games. He earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl berth and earned All Pro honors for the first time in his seven-year NFL career.
Adams is still under contract for the 2021 season. According to published reports, the Packers and Adams’ agent had been negotiating a long-term extension for several months and many people expected that a deal could get done before the start of this season.
But there have been several complications in the negotiations. The most obvious is Rodgers’ uncertain future with the team. The Packers were hoping Rodgers would agree to an extension and he still may. That new deal would have helped the team clear up some valuable cap space which would have made signing Adams to a new deal easier.
There is also a potential tie-in for Adams with the Rodgers negotiations. The Packers top receiver has outstanding chemistry with his quarterback and if Rodgers isn’t returning to Green Bay and may be traded, Adams has indicated that may be a factor when he figures out if he wants to sign a long-term deal with the Packers after this season.
The biggest issue in the negotiations is, of course, money. Adams wants to be paid like the best receiver in the league. Right now, Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins holds that honor after he signed a two-year extension worth $54.5 million. Adams’ agents want to base his deal on the extension’s average of $27.25 million per year.