Just as Raider Nation was getting over the excitement of the Chandler Jones signing, something bigger, and somehow even more surprising happened. Josh McDaniels, Dave Ziegler, and the Raiders traded for one of the best wide receivers in the league, Davante Adams.
Last week, Adams received a franchise tag from the Green Bay Packers, seemingly tying him to the organization through the 2022 season. This week, Adams informed Green Bay he would not play under the franchise tag. Since then, it was relatively quiet out of Wisconsin. There was a widespread belief that Adams and the Packers brass would reach a deal, and he would continue his Hall of Fame level career in the green and yellow, much to the dismay of Raiders fans everywhere.
On Thursday, McDaniels and Ziegler pulled off the seemingly impossible as they traded a total of two draft picks in return for Adams.
The terms of the trade
Davante Adams will head to the Raiders on a 5-year, $141 million deal. This contract makes him by far the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history. He is tied to the Silver and Black through the 2026 season.
In exchange for Adams, the Raiders sent over their 2022 first-round draft pick and their 2022 second-round draft pick. All things considered, this trade was a massive steal for owner Mark Davis and his new staff.
The full contract is still yet to be released but check back once the terms are announced for a full breakdown.
Adams’ career thus far
Davante Adams was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2014, where he has spent the first eight seasons of his career. He has achieved a 1000 yard-season three times, falling short of the 1000-yard mark by just three yards on two separate occasions, per Pro Football Reference. In 2021, Adams had a monstrous 1553 yards on 123 receptions, resulting in 11 touchdowns.
The superstar wide receiver has received a Pro-Bowl nod 5 times, with two All-Pro selections. This past season, he received a 92.7 overall grade, allowing for a 117.4 passer rating when targeted, per PFF.
Adams is widely regarded as one of the most talented receivers in the league year after year.
Derek Carr and Davante Adams go way back
Raiders QB Derek Carr has an extensive relationship with his new WR1. The two played together at Fresno State University before heading to the NFL. Since then, it has always been a far-fetched dream for the two to reunite, but now it’s a reality.
Carr was quick to welcome Adams to Raider Nation with a Facetime call where his excitement was palpable.
“Welcome Home” Carr tweeted to Adams after the trade was announced.
It has been reported that the Green Bay Packers were willing to pay Adams the same amount of money — or more — the Raiders were offering. Adams chose to pack up and start anew in Las Vegas to have the chance to play with his college QB once again.
McDaniels and Ziegler have stolen the hearts of Raiders fans this week. Look for that to continue down the stretch as they push to bring home Sin City’s first Super Bowl title.