The Green Bay Packers have had a fantastic 2021 NFL season on the field up to this point.
By any objective measure, they look like very real contenders to win a Super Bowl this year.
Off the field, however – Green Bay has been a bit of a mess. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made it abundantly clear that he wants out. He hates the organization and has repeatedly called the front office out for what he perceives to be shady behavior.
Wide receiver Davante Adams’ status is also very much up in the air.
According to Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports, don’t sleep on the prospect of both Rodgers and Adams being shipped off to the Miami Dolphins.
“Tua Tagovailoa is doing his job as a second-year starter, and he’s earned more audition time,” he wrote. “But when has that stopped aggressive teams from acting?
“Miami thrived with Ryan Fitzpatrick as Tua relief in 2020, then reportedly kept eyes on Deshaun Watson despite his litany of legal issues. Rodgers would fulfill that desire for established help, and then some.
“A-Rod, meanwhile, would get the Tom Brady-style move to sunny Florida, where the Dolphins are absolutely flush with cap space (Davante Adams package deal?) and boast a defense ready to win now.”
Rodgers’ future status has been covered extensively over the past year. Adams’ situation has flown under the radar a bit, though.
Heading into the year there was optimism that Green Bay and Adams would be able to agree on a lucrative new deal. Unfortunately, that didn’t end up happening.
So does that mean Adams is out? Not exactly. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Packers are reportedly strongly looking at using the franchise tag on him.
“Sources say after the Packers and Adams broke off big-money extension talks in late July, there have been no talks whatsoever about a new deal,” he wrote.
“Adams hasn’t brought it up. Neither has Green Bay. All of which sets the stage for what several sources believe is an eventuality: The Packers give Adams the franchise tag following the season before attempting to work out a long-term deal. Based off Adams’ current salary situation, the franchise tag is expected to be about $20 million.”
So far this year Adams has recorded 106 catches for 1,362 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season, he amassed 115 catches for 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 14 games. It’s understandable why the Packers would want to retain him, but he may end up forcing their hand.
Lonzo went all out.https://t.co/0nQDoQrAWr
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 30, 2021
The Packers are going to be an intriguing team to keep an eye on over the next few months.
Clearly changes are coming. To what extent? Time will tell.