Davante Adams is 30 years old and one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL.
But as a fellow 30-year-old, I can tell you that you’re still in the process of learning a lot of life lessons at the age.
For Adams, the most recent lesson, which he’s learned in a big way, is that actions have consequences.
Let’s take a little a history tour, why don’t we? The year is 2021 and Davante Adams just completed the best season of his career. Adams hauled in 123 passes from Aaron Rodgers for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns on the way to being named to his fifth Pro Bowl and second All-Pro team.
But Adams wasn’t happy.
So, after the season, he makes a trade request.
“The time came where I had to think about my overall life and happiness,” Adams says. “Where do I want my kids to grow up? I love Green Bay but I’m a West Coast dude and a lot of family — especially my grandparents — haven’t been able to see me play in close to a decade of playing pro ball. It’s all the same people that’s coming — and it’s not a whole lot. It’s hard to get into Green Bay, and it’s expensive, too — I’m like, why the hell is it expensive to get into Green Bay? – via ESPN
That trade landed him with Las Vegas Raiders, a franchise that has been a disaster for two decades.
The move also reunited him with Fresno State teammate Derek Carr. Adams has a strong first season in Vegas, catching 100 passes for 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns. He makes another Pro Bowl and All-Pro team.
But Carr and the Raiders struggle and Adams learned along the way, yet again, about actions having consequences.
Las Vegas cut Carr following the season after trying and failing to trade him. He eventually signed in New Orleans, which left the Raiders searching for a quarterback.
Rodgers once looked an option. But now it appears he’s off to New York. So Las Vegas looked elsewhere and landed on free agent Jimmy Garoppolo.
Let’s see what Adams thought about that move…
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Garoppolo was actually solid in 2022. He started 10 games and threw for 2,437 yards, 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions. But the move is a step down from Carr and certainly doesn’t have the pizzazz of Rodgers.
Hope Las Vegas is treating you well, Davante, because the Raiders sure aren’t.