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Davante Adams Has Gotten His Payday

Davante Adams will return.

The Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 receiver has reportedly signed a new multi-year extension. The extension will pay Adams $14.5 million annually in new money.

That’s gettin’ paid, homey!

While that’s great for Adams, it probably doesn’t bode well for Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb or both.  Both Cobb and Nelson will count for more than $12 million against the 2018 salary cap. Both will be in the final year of their deals.

In other words, both can be released with not much consequence.

It is extremely hard to see the Packers keeping all three guys around, unless Nelson or Cobb were willing to take a pay cut. You can’t have that much tied up in receivers.

Adams will lead the Packers in all receiving categories this season despite missing three games with concussions. Adams has 74 receptions for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns.

And yes, I did say concussions in the plural. So hopefully this doesn’t turn into another Sam Shields situation.

Clearly, this has been in the works for a while.

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  1. Big B December 29, 2017

    That’s Julio Jones, AJ Green territory- too rich for my blood, especially with the concussion history. I would have thought he’d be in the $10-11M region like a Keenan Allen or Doug Baldwin. Another Perry-esque deal, overpaying on a significant injury history. As of now the Packers have 3 of the top 17 salaries among WRs. Jordy and Cobb may want to pick up change of address cards at the Post Office.

  2. Kato December 29, 2017

    Another classic case of TT bidding against himself

  3. Kinginthenorth December 29, 2017

    #overpaid. WOuld of thought Big Ted and fat Mike would of learned their lesson from Cobb.

  4. PF4L December 29, 2017

    So his 1st 2 years are 16 mill/year.

    That’s a lot of cabbage for someone who has never gained over 1000 passing yards. Again, Ted is rolling the dice concerning Adams concussion history. I agree that Adams is the man right now, and he’s come a long way from 2 plus years ago when he couldn’t hang onto the ball. I also agree with Big B up above that you’d like to see Adams at 10, or 11 million. The problem is you have to over reach when you want to prevent a player from reaching free agency. With that said. You could make the argument that the Packers, including Rodgers and McCarthy stuck with this guy, when a lot of teams would have sent him on his way, like a lot of Packer fans wanted back then. Remember the Adams vs. Janis cheerleaders? So do i.

    It kind of sucks when you stick with a player, develop him into a play maker, then have to over extend just to keep him from leaving.

    I wish this money could have went to improving the team. This money just kept someone that was already here. which leads me to the big problems we still have, and make no mistake, there are a lot of holes on this team, that Ted couldn’t fix on his best year. And his best year, was a long, long time ago.

    But lets fire Capers, yea, that’s the ticket.

    This team keeps getting worse each year, keeps having more needs than the year before. Must be Capers fault.

    I’m sure i’ll get into all that shit after the season, including what i’d like the receiver depth chart to look like going into next season. That, and discussing the positional needs on this team, which may take awhile.

  5. Howard December 29, 2017

    The agent for Adams is putting out the 4 year 58+- amount. You can almost guarantee the team is going to say it is a 5 year deal. That deal will include the 1.2 mil. on Adams current cap hit for this year, plus a prorated portion of the bonus 3.6 mil approximately, plus some additional monies? Who knows what that may be? 4+ mil?

    Based on Adams saying this deal has taken a lot of effort, time, back and forth, my guess is the team early into the season agreed to pay more base salary to Adams this year once they got the deal completed.

    The bottom line is the team will probably pay out an additional 57 + mil. to Adams. The suprise may be how much more salary the team will pay Adams this year.

  6. Mitch Anthony December 29, 2017

    2018, Cobb or Nelson is gone and now you must spend a high draft pick on a feature wide receiver. That is the only way to balance this situation out in the wide receiver corps and have the money to move around to other needs. Draft a stud who gives value for the rookie contract and compliments the field of play.

    That, and I agree with a couple of the others in that this seems like a bit too much to spend on someone who is one or two good bell-ringers away from a career.

  7. Cheese December 29, 2017

    Adams has been pretty good recently, the past two seasons, but based off of his contract there’s no way he’s in the top 4 receivers in the league. He said there was a lot of stress, and back and forth in negotiations. That means that they wanted more than $14.5 a year, a number that is already highly generous. Looks like Santa Ted came to town again. At least this keeps Rodgers happy because we all know the crush he has on Davante, even before he could catch the ball.

    1. Kato December 30, 2017

      Agreed. He is a middle of the road #1 WR. He is not Hopkins, or Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, or Mike Evans. It is kind of funny, that this deal essentially fucked the giants into probably paying OBJ $16 million plus per year. We soon will be clearing $20 million per for receivers.

      1. KzooPackFan December 30, 2017

        ^^^ This. You have to remember the cap keeps going up, a lot, every year. Another $10-20MM this year is predicted. this contract will be middle of the pack for #1 WRs before the end of next season.

        1. Adam December 30, 2017

          This ^

          You see this in every sport, every off-season. That’s how Mike Conley became the highest paid player in NBA history last off-season. The market is irrational and free agency timing is everything. Regardless of whether you think TAE is at the level of a Julio Jones, by the time next season starts, Julio’s deal will be three years old. TAE was probably going to be the premier WR free agent this off-season, and with 15 or so crappy teams out there with more cap room than the Packers, you can bet he was going to get a handful of other $15M+ / year offers.

          Green Bay couldn’t afford to let him test the market and risk losing him because we have NO replacement for him. You know that, he knows that, the Packers know that, and it definitely played a significant part in negotiations.

          In the end, I think he got about what he would have gotten on the open market. And in a year or two’s time, I think this will be the average annual salary for a #1 WR across the league.

          1. Adam December 30, 2017

            I also just read that by getting this and Linsley’s contracts done before the end of the season, that allows the team to pro-rate their signing bonus’ to this year. Not sure if that means one games worth, or the whole season’s worth. If the latter, that could help bring down the cap hits in the years to come.

          2. PF4L December 30, 2017

            This is why Ted needs to save money under the cap instead of on new talent …..

            1) To overpay his own.

            2) To put some of that bloated money into the current year before the actual contract kicks in, which then allows some people like Demovsky to spin a contract, being longer than it actually is. Therefore manipulating the average per year (so it doesn’t sound as bad as it really is).

            Kool-aid…Stay thirsty my friends.

          3. PF4L December 30, 2017

            If anyone…like the kool-aid drinker above, thinks 14 million a year will be the average annual salary among #1 receivers in a year or two, i’d like the sell you a bridge.

            Got Paypal?

          4. Adam December 30, 2017

            Keep your bridge, over 1/3 of the leauges #1 receivers already make more than $11M per year. The market trend is there if you want to look at it.. Maybe not next year, maybe not the year afterwards, but as more top tier wideouts make it through their contracts and the cap continues to increase, the rates will continue to climb. It happens at nearly every position, every year.

            Im not drinking kool-aid, I’m stating facts.

            Hell, Aaron was the highest paid QB in the league only three years ago…. Now he’s the 7th. You think Flacco, Stafford, Luck, or Derek Carr are better quarterbacks? Of course not, but that’s not the way the market works.

          5. PF4L December 31, 2017

            Yes, eventually, in time…..14 million will be the average…but not in a year or two.

            The Bridge has a fresh coat of paint, it is called the Golden Gate, and it’s still for sale.

            $5,000.00 or best offer.

  8. Drater December 30, 2017

    TT does this to justify his draft picks…

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  9. MJ December 30, 2017

    Same as with Sam Shields. He knew we had no replacement for him, so he made Ted cough up the big bucks, irrespective of Shields’ play and availability. What’s worse, Adams had a season and a half as (undeserved) practice (actual playing) time, even though producing drop after drop. So GB basically played him regardless of how he was performing (terribly!), letting him have an unfair share of chances to develop, and how does he acknowledge that? Of course, by trying to squeeze GB for every single penny he can. Great kid, great kid. He could very well learn from Nelson, Bakhtiari and maybe Daniels (yes, big mouthed, hasn’t lived up to the hype recently, but DTs get more than 10M a year).

    1. Adam December 30, 2017

      Wide receivers typically get one opportunity for a big contract in their careers. By the time their second opportunity comes around they’re pushing 30 years old and starting to decline. He’s suffered two devastating concussions this year alone and you’re knocking him for not trying to capitalize on the opportunity? You remember that NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed, right? If he were to suffer a career ending injury in a year, anything outside of guaranteed money is gone.

      If you wouldn’t try to maximize your payday, especially in this sprt, you’d be a fool.

      1. MJ December 30, 2017

        True… if he had actually earned his playing time in 2015 and 2016. But this team gave him the gift of endless opportunities. He could have been cut and been bouncing from team to team, making close to the league minimum. No one is given as many opportunities to screw up and try again, no worries. He basically took three years to develop. Other guys would have been cut, picked up by another team, cut if not performing, struggling to learn yet another offensive scheme, to the tune of 0.5M a year.