Matt LaFleur, Packers ‘hope’ Davante Adams re-signs before free agency begins
With another early playoff exit on the books, the Green Bay Packers have begun preparations for the 2022 season. Pro Davante Adams, who is set to become a free agent on March 16.
On Monday, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he hopes the Packers and Adams can agree on a new deal before free agency begins. LaFleur said he met with Adams earlier in the day.
“We kind of discussed everything and, again, another guy that we hope we can come to an agreement with,” LaFleur said, via NFL.com’s Nick Shook. “Obviously he’s done so much on the pitch, but I think that’s still what you don’t all see in the boardroom, with the way he talks to his teammates, with the way he sets a standard for everyone, there’s a reason he was voted captain, and deservedly so.
“I told him he’s definitely earned the respect of not just his teammates, but all of his coaches, and I think everyone in this organization. Just his ability to compartmentalize his own situation and go there- down and compete at the level that he’s been doing every week, putting himself out there, obviously, in a contract year and just bringing it up and playing at the highest level. He’s the best receiver in the league.
Adams, 29, caught 123 of 169 targets for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 2021 season. Over the past two seasons, Adams caught 238 passes for 2,927 yards and 29 touchdowns. Adams has been a Pro Bowler for the past five years and has been an All-Pro for the past two seasons.
Green Bay has some work to do when it comes to the salary cap. The Packers are expected to exceed the cap by about $40 million at the start of the league’s new year. Adams’ calculated market value is $129.3 million over five years, according to Spotrac.
Keeping Adams in Green Bay could help convince Aaron Rodgers to stay with the team instead of pursuing his career elsewhere. Like Adams, LaFleur hopes his quarterback will return for the 2022 season.
“We’re hoping he’ll be back next year, obviously,” LaFleur said of Rodgers, who said after Saturday’s loss that he didn’t want to be part of a rebuild if he played a game. 18th season. “I mean, this guy has done so much for so long for this organization, for this city, for this team. And so, I want to be respectful of his process, whatever he has to go through to make the best decision for him. himself, and we would certainly like him to be a Packer and to be a Packer until the day he decides to retire.”