Star wide receiver Davante Adams said he won’t be signing an extension with the Green Bay Packers before the 2021 season starts on Sunday.
“No. No chance. No,” Adams told reporters Wednesday.
Adams said in July that he wanted to become the highest-paid receiver in the NFL, which seems to be the primary sticking point between the player and the Packers’ front office. Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins is earning $27.25 million in average annual value; Adams’ current deal nets him $14.5 million a year, 19th in the NFL at his position, according to Sportac.com.
The 2021 season is the final year on Adams’ contract. Adams is set to have a cap hit of $16,787,500.
Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said last month that the team did not have a deadline for getting an extension done with Adams, granting that negotiations could leak into the season.
Adams has hinted at dissatisfaction with Gutekunst and the Green Bay front office. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, before returning to the Packers at the start of training camp, reportedly mocked Gutekunst in a group text with teammates and called him Jerry Krause, a reference to the late Chicago Bulls general manager who was seen as a villain in the Michael Jordan docuseries, “The Last Dance.”
In July, Adams and Rodgers posted identical Instagram story photos of Jordan and Scottie Pippen, perhaps a reference at the time to their unhappiness with their team’s handling of contract issues.
However, Adams told reporters Wednesday that he intends to prevent his unsettled contract situation from becoming a distraction once the season kicks off.
“I feel like I had one of the best camps of my career,” Adams said. “Was able to really lock in, come back and get reacquainted with my brothers. Me and (Rodgers) picked up where we left off. Like I said, it’s just the way that I have found success coming up from all stages of life.
“Just focusing on that moment. It’s not like it took any work to do that. It’s just blocking out the rest of the stuff that I don’t really need at the time, which is some of that other stuff that we’ve talked about (his contract).”
The Packers play the New Orleans Saints in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday to open the regular season.
–Field Level Media
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