NFL rumors: Davante Adams won’t play for Packers under franchise tag

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Packers WR Davante Adams
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Superstar wide receiver Davante Adams’ future with the Green Bay Packers is very much in jeopardy even after the franchise brought back Aaron Rodgers for what seems like the rest of the quarterback’s career.

Adams informed the Packers that he will not play for the team under the franchise tag that he was given for the 2022 season. The two parties are still far apart on the parameters of a long-term contract extension, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Monday.

With the legal negotiating period for free agency beginning on Monday at 12 p.m. ET and the new season starting on Wednesday — which allows teams to sign free agents — that certainly does not bode well for the wide receiver’s future in Green Bay. Especially when there should be a teeming market circling the waters for his services.

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The 29-year-old continues to cement his place as one of the best pass-catchers in all of football after an impressive 2021 campaign in which he posted career bests in receptions (123) and yards (1,553). His 11 touchdowns proved to be the fifth time in six seasons that he posted double-digit scores, including a league-leading 18 touchdown receptions in 2020.

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After the Packers were able to settle the uncertainty of one star in Rodgers, inking the quarterback to a four-year, $200 million contract, they slapped a roughly $20 million franchise tag on Adams on March 8.

That’s roughly $10 million off from what Adams is asking for. Per reports, the five-time Pro Bowler is looking for a deal worth $30 million annually, which will be difficult to do considering the Packers don’t have much salary cap space to work with — especially after doling such a sizable deal out to Rodgers.