2. There is no guarantee that Davante Adams even reaches free agency
While the Green Bay Packers are going to have to toy around with the salary cap to make this happen, the ball is essentially in their court as they can bring back Adams if they so please. Of course, they get a headstart on extension talks with Adams before other teams can make offers but they also have the power of the franchise tag.
The franchise tag makes sense in this situation as well. Aaron Rodgers is only getting older and the team knows that his prime is not going to last forever. They already have some big contracts locked up for future years (see: Aaron Jones), so committing to a large contract with Adams might not be in the books.
However, they could tag him and keep him around for one season to give Rodgers one more year of a having a top-tier wideout to throw to. Sure, Green Bay has not used the tag in over a decade, but that does not mean they won’t ever use it. Hunter Henry was the first player in nine years to play one year for the Bolts on a franchise tag, dating back to Vincent Jackson in 2011.
And yes, there is the possibility of Aaron Rodgers leaving Green Bay but the Packers have all the leverage in that situation as well. He has another two years under contract after this season and if the Packers want to keep him around they just have to remember that money talks.
How many times have we heard reports in previous years that Rodgers is unhappy in Green Bay, only for those reports to subside when he gets paid even more money? I will believe a Rodgers trade when I see one.
I would honestly be shocked to see Adams even reach free agency next year and if he does, the LA Chargers are not going to get in a bidding war for his services.