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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers is back and somehow it looks like Davante Adams will be just as good now that the Green Bay Packers have placed the franchise mark on the All-Pro receiver.
Shortly after the news of Rodgers’ return, the Packers on Tuesday tagged their star wide receiver just before the deadline.
The Packers were to mark Adams regardless of Rodger’s status; he was to become a free agent on March 16th. This allows the Packers to continue negotiations on a long-term deal until July 15, but also have the safety net by retaining Adams via the tag. Until an agreement is reached, however, the $ 20.1 million franchise mark for Adams will count on the Packers’ already overburdened salary cap as soon as the free agency begins.
The Packers were already $ 27.5 million above their expected ceiling for 2022, without Adams’ tag number counting and will almost certainly try to get Adams to sign a long-term deal, which would lower his ceiling number.
The total franchise mark represents a 20% increase over Adams’ compensation for 2021 – which includes base salary, guard bonuses and the proportionate part of his original signing bonus of $ 18 million from when he signed his most recent contract on December 30, 2017. That contract was averaging $ 14.5 million, placing him No. 17 on the recipient’s salary scale last season.
It’s unlikely that Adams would play for the franchise tag number; it would not give him any long-term security, and it would be difficult for the Packers to absorb their pay ceiling.
When Adams was asked late last season about the possibility of being tagged, Adams said, “I’m not sure how to respond to that right now. So we’re just crossing that bridge when we get to it. I want to. just say it. I like being a professional here. “
Rodgers and Adams own the Packers record for most career touchdowns with a quarterback receiver combination of 68, breaking Rodgers and Jordy Nelson’s previous grade of 65.
Last summer, Adams made no secret of his desire to be the NFL’s highest paid recipient. The Packers agreed, but the parties could not agree on what defined the highest paid recipient. Adams and his agent, Frank Bauer, estimate the standard is $ 27.75 million a year, the average in Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ contract.
However, the Packers consider Hopkins’ average to be closer to $ 20 million a year, as his most recent deal was an extension of his previous contract (five years, $ 81 million). The extra money was $ 54.5 million over another two years.
Last summer, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst explained his point: “That’s how you interpret what the highest earner in the National Football League gets paid, do you know what I mean?”
Adams set the Packers’ single-season record for receptions (123) and receiving yards (1,553) last season. He just became the sixth player in NFL history with 120-plus catches, 1,500-plus yards and 11-plus touchdown catches in the same season. He is the only player in NFL history with three seasons (2018, 2020-21) with 110 plus catchers, 1,350 plus receiving yards and 11 plus receiving TDs and one of just three players in league history with 650 plus receptions , 8,000-plus receiving yards and 70-plus TD catches in his first eight seasons in the NFL; Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald are the others.
Before tagging Adams, the Packers had not used it since 2010 (defensive tackle Ryan Pickett).