One of the biggest moves of the 2022 offseason was the Las Vegas Raiders acquiring wide receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had placed the franchise tag on Davante Adams, but he had no intentions of signing a long-term deal.
So, he was traded to the Raiders for a first and second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He also signed a record-setting five-year, $141.25 million contract. But, could it have been one-and-done for Davante Adams in Sin City?
There are reports that the Raiders could entertain trade offers for the All-Pro wide receiver, with the cap hit for trading him becoming much more manageable after June 1st. While Las Vegas fell woefully short of expectations, Davante Adams continued producing.
In 17 games he led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions, catching 100 passes for 1,516 yards in the process. Plenty of teams would benefit from adding a player of his caliber to their offense. Here are three that should pursue Davante Adams in a trade.
Heading into the summer, the biggest need for the Green Bay Packers remains help at wide receiver. Jordan Love is taking over as the starting quarterback and there isn’t much veteran experience for him to lean on at the skill positions outside of the running back spot.
There is a chance that the Packers’ top three wide receivers and starting tight end are all first and second-year players. That’s certainly a less-than-ideal situation to be in as a first-time starter so Green Bay should explore every avenue.
Depending on how the relationship with Davante Adams is, they should consider a reunion. His presence would help the young players develop and produce as he would draw all of the attention of opposing teams. But, there is a chance he wouldn’t want to play with a first-time starter this late in his career.
Arguably the biggest need for the Bills coming into the offseason was finding a more consistent option at wide receiver opposite of Stefon Diggs. Gabriel Davis remains a boom-or-bust player and Isaiah McKenzie departed in free agency.
Buffalo has been connected to DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals as a trade target and was linked to Odell Beckham Jr. in free agency. Neither of those players was acquired but Davante Adams would certainly be the kind of upgrade they are seeking.
Figuring out the money situation would be a challenge, but if the Bills were to include someone such as Ed Oliver in the trade package, that would clear north of $10 million instantly. Already the No. 2 ranked offense in the NFL last season, adding Davante Adams alongside Diggs would enable Josh Allen to take this unit to even greater heights.
General manager Joe Schoen has done an excellent job of revamping the organization. He has had to navigate a hellish salary cap situation left behind by Dave Gettleman but still managed to upgrade the roster. The job he and head coach Brian Daboll have done in one season is incredible as they have a plan in place and are executing it.
The one big thing they are still lacking is a bonafide No. 1 receiver for Daniel Jones to work with. Parris Campbell was a nice addition in free agency, but the Giants have a lot of slot receivers on the roster currently and not many perimeter options.
Acquiring Davante Adams would change that instantly. He is a star and exactly the kind of piece this offense is missing. Having already completed a trade with the Raiders this offseason for Darren Waller, the two front offices have a relationship built that could lead to another blockbuster deal getting made.