Report: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers 'far apart' on extension talks

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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The Green Bay Packers have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Davante Adams.

The Green Bay Packers and Davante Adams remain "far apart" on a long-term agreement that would keep Adams in Green Bay, according to NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, and, more importantly in the short term, help the team get under the salary cap in time for a looming March 16 deadline.

Speaking on "Good Morning Football" on Monday, Rapoport said, "This relationship is not in a great place," and Adams has unsurprisingly informed the team he's not willing to play for the franchise-tag price of $20.5 million in 2022. 

If the two sides do not come to an agreement by March 16, the Packers will be on the hook for the $20.5 million cap hit that comes with Adams' contract and be compelled to make the necessary significant cuts to slide under. The Packers still have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement with Adams. An extension would promise more money to Adams but also stretch the Packers' financial commitment out and lower the 2022 cap hit, giving the team more flexibility for other spots on the roster.

The Packers used the non-exclusive tag, which means that Adams can negotiate a free-agent deal with another team but the Packers would have the right to match it or receive two first-round picks in the 2022 draft in compensation. (An exclusive tag would have prevented Adams from shopping himself but it would have cost the Packers more money than the non-exclusive tag).

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Without using the tag, Adams would have become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday. The team still has the option to rescind the tag or, if it can make the necessary adjustments to fit the $20.5 million under the cap, trade him.

Adams will be seeking to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, shooting to surpass the $27.5 million per year for Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins.

Pelissero seemed a little more optimistic that the gap was closing between the two sides but noted that "fundamental differences of what this contract should look like" remain in terms of structure and length. 

"If you're Davante Adams, you're 29 years old, a five-year extension would eat up the remainder of your prime," Pelissero said. "This potentially could take a while."

Without a deal, Adams could hold out throughout training camp; he'd need to show up no earlier than Week 1 to receive payment on the $20.5 million deal.

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