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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Davante Adams Will Join Raiders as Highest-Paid Non-QB Ever

  • He signed a five-year, $141.3 million contract ($28.3M per year) — the highest total value and AAV.
  • The move might introduce the NFL’s most lethal pass-catching trio when he joins Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow.
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Last summer, Davante Adams said it would be a “dream” to play with his former Fresno State QB, Derek Carr. Now it’s a reality — and the Raiders offense just added one of the best weapons in the NFL.

On Thursday, Las Vegas traded first- and second-round picks to Green Bay in exchange for the five-time Pro-Bowler.

According to NFL Network, Adams will sign a five-year, $141.3 million contract ($28.3 million per year) — the highest total value and AAV for a non-QB in NFL history.

  • Since 2018, he’s first in receiving yards (5,310), TDs (47), and receptions (432).
  • Last season, Adams hauled in 123 receptions (2nd) for 1,553 yards (3rd) and 11 touchdowns (5th). 
  • He broke his own single-season franchise record for TDs and the record for receiving yards in 2020.
  • He had a drop rate of just 1.8% — second-best in the league for receivers with at least 100 receptions behind new teammate Hunter Renfrow. 

The move is the latest — and perhaps loudest — move in what is shaping up to be an AFC West arms race.

The end of Adams’ partnership with Aaron Rodgers could introduce the NFL’s most lethal pass-catching trio when he joins Darren Waller and Renfrow.

The Raiders haven’t won a playoff game since 2002, and even with the superstar addition, they’ll have to play six games against the Chiefs, Chargers, and Broncos.

They have the worst odds (+700*) to win the division and ninth-worst to win the Super Bowl (+4000*).

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