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The Green Bay Packers put a franchise tag on Davante Adams to prevent the two-time All-Pro receiver from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
The Packers made the move Tuesday after MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers announced he plans to return to Green Bay for an 18th season.
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If the Packers hadn’t tagged him or signed him for an extension, any team would have had the opportunity to sign Adams when the free agency period opens on March 16.
Adams and the Packers now have until July 15 to find a long-term extension. If they don’t agree, Adams would play this season for just over $20 million, as a player’s bid is either the average of the five highest earners in the previous year at the position. – $18.4 million for receivers – or 120% of his salary from the previous season. The player receives the highest amount; in Adams’ case, he gets 120%.
Adams could negotiate with other teams under the non-exclusive tag, but the Packers could match any offer, and if they didn’t, they would receive two first-round picks.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said last month that he would prefer not to use the tag on Adams.
“It’s obviously a tool that’s made available to us,” Gutekunst said at the time. “If we have to use it, we certainly will. I think we would like to reach an agreement before that, but it is a tool to be able to protect one of your star players. But at the same time, it doesn’t isn’t the way – we kind of like to exhaust all the options before we get to that.”
Adams also didn’t seem happy about the idea of being tagged when asked late in the season.
“I don’t know how to safely answer that question right now,” Adams said at the time. “So, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I’ll just say that. I like being professional here.”
Adams, 29, has earned All-Pro honors each of the past two seasons and was a unanimous selection in 2021. He set Packers single-season records for catches (13) and yards received (1,553) while scoring 11 touchdowns.
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He is the only player in NFL history to have at least 110 catches, 1,350 receiving yards and 11 touchdown receptions in three separate seasons. Adams joined Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald as the only players to have 600 catches, 8,000 receiving yards and 70 touchdown receptions in their first eight seasons.
The Packers still have plenty of other issues to deal with in their receiving corps. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and tight end Robert Tonyan are unrestricted free agents. Allen Lazard is a restricted free agent.