The Green Bay Packers Are Now Expected to Keep WR Davante Adams via the Franchise Tag (UPDATE)

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The Green Bay Packers Are Now Expected to Keep WR Davante Adams via the Franchise Tag (UPDATE)

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Oh joy. Fresh off the news that Aaron Rodgers will be hanging around Green Bay for another four years, Bears fans were treated to yet another delight from that team up north this morning: With the newly found cap space created by Rodgers’ extension, wide receiver, and free-agent-to-be, Davante Adams is also expected to return to the Packers for another season via the Franchise Tag.

In other words, Rodgers will keep his favorite target for at least one more year:

NOTE: The WR Franchise Tag is worth $18.42 million this year, but for Adams it will actually cost $20.1 million (120% of his 2021 salary). Using it will keep Adams out of free agency for at least another year, and extend the window for a potential extension to be negotiated.

It’s not confirmed yet (the deadline is 3pm CT today), but Adams was largely expected to stick around if Rodgers did, especially if Rodgers’ extension created some additional cap space, and that appears to be exactly what has happened.

Adams has been a first-team All-Pro receiver in each of the lat two seasons. And a Pro Bowler in each year since 2017. In 2021, Adams put up 1,553 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. It was his third 1,300+ yard receiving season in four years. That guy is good. And with his return, the Rodgers-Adams duo will haunt us for at least one more season. At least maybe the Bears can pry Marquez Valdes-Scantling away a little more easily now?

I don’t know, I’m just looking for bright sides. I’m very tired of Green Bay.

UPDATE: It’s official. They’ll both be back. Woohoo.

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