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Davante Adams avoids free agency, signs multiyear extension with Packers

December 29, 2017 by  
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Packers’ Davante Adams avoids free agency, signs multiyear extension

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  • Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer, Jan 29, 2017, 5:16 PM CT

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A little more than two weeks after Aaron Rodgers made a plea for the Green Bay Packers to sign wide receiver Davante Adams, general manager Ted Thompson got the deal done.

Adams, 25, signed a contract extension, the team announced Friday. The deal is for four years and $58.75 million, with $32 million guaranteed and an $18 million signing bonus, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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“He’s making a lot of money this year,” Rodgers said Dec. 12. “Hopefully we pay him sooner rather than later. He’s a talented guy who has just proven it week after week. He’s tough to guard. It’s tough to guard him one-on-one.”

At $14.7 million per season, Adams would rank fourth among all NFL receivers. He will be the third Packers receiver to average around $10 million per season; Randall Cobb has one season left on his four-year, $40 million deal, and Jordy Nelson has one season remaining on a four-year, $39 million contract. One or both players could be in danger of being released or having to take a pay cut this offseason.

Adams leads the Packers with 74 catches for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games, surpassing Nelson as the team’s No. 1 receiver.

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Adams did not play last week against Minnesota because of a concussion, his second this season and third in 14 months. Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis and Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan served one-game suspensions for concussive hits on Adams.

(BY DEFINITION, based on the penalities, BOTH of those were DIRTY HITS, as illegal. Tony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers was later and dirtier, with pure intent to injure, which it did, but someone the nonsensical NFL didn’t call that late hit a penalty, nor fine or suspend Barr. Payback will have to come from the Packers in 2018)

Adams won’t play in Sunday’s season finale at Detroit because of the concussion he sustained on Dec. 17 at Carolina, and he has not been available for interviews since that game. But teammates and coaches said he had wanted to come back and play this season.

Davante Adams has shown he has the ability to step up big in the biggest games. He was a key cog in big close wins over New England and over Dallas in the NFC Divisional game.

Davante Adams has shown he has the ability to step up big in the biggest games. He was a key cog in big close wins over New England and over Dallas in the NFC Divisional game, in his rookie year on the way to the NFC Championship game.

 

 

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