Davante Adams was in a sharing mood on Thursday. It has long been speculated that the star wide receiver turned down a substantial offer from the Green Bay Packers so that he could instead be traded to the Las Vegas Raiders.
He put that speculation to rest by confirming that he did receive a higher offer from the Packers than the five-year, $141.25 million extension he signed with the Raiders when they acquired him.
“You guys have heard Green Bay offered this which is higher than what I was [going to make with the Raiders] and all of that. And, yeah, I’ll say it, it was true. OK, it was true,” Adams said, via Pro Football Talk. “But there’s much more that goes into it. And family is a big part of it for me. So, geographically being here, it makes it a lot easier for me to stay connected to my family year-round.
Adams said he feels like he’s earned the right to dictate where he plays at this stage in his career.
“And this isn’t Year Two, or I’m not trying to necessarily fight for a job or anything like that to where you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do — you’ve got to stay out there. I had the choice and the choice was for me to come here and raise my family on the West Coast and come out here and have some fun in the sun.”
Coming off a stellar 2021 season in which he recorded 123 catches for 1,553 yards with 11 touchdowns, Adams is now reunited with his college quarterback, Derek Carr. The pair played together in college at Fresno State for two seasons.
Las Vegas now has the offensive firepower that can keep the team competitive in the increasingly competitive AFC West.