All the talk in Green Bay right now is centered around Aaron Rodgers, and rightly so. The reigning NFL MVP demanded a trade earlier this offseason, and there is still no sign of him at the Packers minicamp. It is safe to say that the development of the situation with No.12 is of the utmost importance to GM Brian Gutekunst.
However, the Packers also face a crucial $ 25 million decision over their second biggest star: Davante Adams.
Adams is expected to close a new deal soon, as his current contract will expire after the 2021-22 season. If Green Bay can’t get an extension over the next few months, the franchise runs the risk of losing Rodgers and Adams in the same offseason.
Boy, would that be a disaster for Cheeseheads everywhere.
Packers must win back Aaron Rodgers
It’s not very often that a star quarterback still in his prime wins the MVP title, reaches a conference championship game that same season, and then goes on strike a few months later. But that’s exactly what we have here with Rodgers in Green Bay.
After one of the best statistical seasons of his career, Rodgers decided he didn’t want to be a Packer anymore. He requested a trade earlier this year and has been absent for all team activities during the offseason. It’s become a long staring contest between Rodgers and Gutekunst, and no one blinks.
âIt’s just kind of a philosophy and maybe forgetting it’s about the people who make things happen. It’s a question of character. It’s about culture. It’s about doing things the right way, âRodgers told ESPN’s Kenny Mayne on Sports center last month. âA lot has been set in motion last year. The key was sort of just when I won the MVP title and played like I played last year. It’s just kind of an overflow of it all. But, listen, it’s about the people and that’s the most important thing. Green Bay has always been for the people.
Rodgers is clearly fed up with the entire Packers organization, and he doesn’t seem to have any interest in playing another snap for the team. It’s up to Gutekunst, team president Mark Murphy and the rest of the front office to win him back before the start of the season.
It’s been the Packers’ No.1 priority this summer, but it doesn’t look like they’re gaining ground.
Packers face crucial $ 25million decision with Davante Adams
The Packers are naturally focused on getting Rodgers back first and foremost, but there are still 52 other players on the roster to worry about. None of those players are more important than Adams, who is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL today.
Adams is 28 and entering the final year of his four-year, $ 58 million contract. He’s set to receive a massive pay raise next offseason, and he’ll have 31 more suitors if he doesn’t want to stay with Green Bay.
That’s why the Packers need to act quickly and get Adams to put pen to paper before the start of the 2021 season. The estimated price for a new contract extension? About $ 25 million, according to Spotrac.
Spotrac predicts that Adams’s current market value would be $ 24.9 million, which would make him the second-highest-paid WR in the NFL. A four-year contract worth almost $ 100 million would be the asking price for the quadruple Pro Bowler.
And with the uncertainty surrounding Rodgers’ return to Green Bay, the Packers will want to lock Adams into a new contract as soon as possible. If Rodgers is traded or stays out all season in hopes of joining a new team in 2022, it’s likely Adams won’t want to stay next season either.
A complicated crackle
The Packers are under immense pressure to sign Adams for a contract extension this offseason, but that would only complicate their already undesirable ceiling space situation going forward. Green Bay already has cap commitments of $ 238 million for 2022, which is the highest number in the NFL right now.
Four players – Rodgers, Za’Darius Smith, David Bakhtiari and Kenny Clark – carry a cap of more than $ 20 million next season. Adams would make five.
Right now, the Packers are $ 29.9 million above the 2022 salary cap of $ 208.2 million. Obviously getting rid of Rodgers and his $ 39.8 million cap hit next season would be the easiest solution, especially since he doesn’t even want to be there.
But if they manage to keep Rodgers, it’s hard to imagine Adams getting the contract extension he deserves this summer.
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