In sad news: Davante Adams not playing on the franchise tag


Davante Adams

Davante Adams informed the Green Bay Packers on Monday that he will not play on the franchise tag in 2022, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Green Bay slapped a roughly $20 million price tag on Adams ahead of the March 8 deadline after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. Rapoport and Pelissero both stated on Monday that the parties are still far apart on a contract extension.

Adams and the Packers have until July 15 to reach an agreement, or the receiver will be placed on the franchise tag for the 2022 season. Until he signs the tender, Adams is not required to attend minicamp, training camp, or any other team workouts.

The All-Pro wideout completed the final year of his four-year, $58 million contract extension in 2021, finishing third in receiving yards (1,553) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (11). His future has been a source of contention for nearly a year, beginning with the offseason drama surrounding Aaron Rodgers and the future of the most important Packers, and continuing with former Fresno State teammate and current Raiders quarterback Derek Carr stoking the fire by openly admitting he'd recruit Adams to join him with the Raiders in 2022.

Davante Adams

Green Bay, like any wise franchise, wanted to avoid such a scenario and paid around $20 million for Adams. However, Adams' refusal to play on the franchise tag complicates matters.

Only a week ago, the Packers avoided another protracted standoff with Rodgers by agreeing to a four-year, $200 million extension that reduces his cap number for the 2022 season. Rodgers' lower cap hit is notable because it was created in part to make it easier to tag or sign Adams to a new contract.

Now that Rodgers has agreed to return, the Packers must figure out how to make both quarterback and receiver happy enough to return. Adams, at 29 years old, is understandably eager to cash in for what may be the final time in his professional career.