Forbes put out one of those lists. The only thing they’re notable for in the sports world — which team or athlete is worth the most money.
This particular list — lists! everyone loves them! — lists the top 100 athletes in terms of 2018 earnings. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Mr. Opt-Out, himself, is not on it.
But the Packers are represented. By Davante Fucking Adams, who comes in at No. 77.
First of all, Rodgers is probably privately steaming like a goddam freight train somewhere right now. Second of all, Adams — having no business on this list — will never be on it again.
The reason Adams is currently on the list is because he received an $18 million signing bonus when he re-upped with the Packers back in December.
Unlike what the NFL does with the salary cap — prorating that bonus over the length of the contract — Forbes looks at yearly earnings. And Adams is making a shit ton in 2018.
Sure, he’s now the Packers’ default No. 1 receiver. He was probably that even when Jordy Nelson was still on the roster. But… here you have a receiver — a receiver! — who has never had a 1,000-yard season that is making $24.5 million in 2018.
Hey, you have a hell of an agent, Davante Adams. He’s worth his $2.45 million this year, boyo!
As for Adams, his contact averages $14.5 million per season. That, of course, includes the signing bonus of $18 million, which he has already collected. In yearly cash, providing he collects his easy-to-collect bonuses, Adams will make $7 million in 2019 and $13 million in the two following years.
That won’t put him anywhere near the top 100 athletes in terms of pay.
But this is your year to shine, Davante!