Sep 25, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL weighs discipline for WR Davante Adams

The NFL is unlikely to punish Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams for shoving a photographer until after his legal situation is resolved, NFL Network reported Sunday.

Adams was charged with misdemeanor assault this week for pushing a credentialed photographer to the ground at the end of Monday night’s 30-29 loss in Kansas City.

Adams, 29, is expected to keep playing for Las Vegas while his case is ongoing. He has an appearance scheduled for Nov. 10 at Kansas City Municipal Court.

The Raiders (1-4) are on a bye this weekend.

The photographer, identified as Ryan Zebley, filed a report with the Kansas City Police Department and went to the hospital for treatment. Kansas City police called it an “intentional, overt act” that caused whiplash, a headache and a possible minor concussion.

Video shows Adams heading into the tunnel at the end of the game when he encountered a man carrying camera equipment. Adams pushed the man forcefully. The photographer fell backward onto the ground.

Adams had touchdown catches of 58 and 48 yards on Monday night, finishing with three receptions for 124 yards.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has 29 receptions for 414 yards and five scores in five games in his first season in Las Vegas following eight years with the Green Bay Packers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders WR Davante Adams charged with assault after shove

Las Vegas Raiders wideout Davante Adams was charged with misdemeanor assault after pushing a credentialed photographer to the ground at the end of Monday night’s game in Kansas City.

The charge was filed in Kansas City Municipal Court on Wednesday morning.

The man who was pushed, identified as Ryan Zebley, filed a report with the Kansas City Police Department and went to the hospital for treatment. Kansas City police called it an “intentional, overt act” that caused whiplash, a headache and a possible minor concussion.

Video shows Adams heading for the tunnel at the end of the Raiders’ 30-29 loss to the Chiefs when he encountered a man carrying photography equipment. Adams pushed the man forcefully. The photographer fell backward onto the ground.

Adams, 29, is facing a fine or possible suspension from the league, per reports. He apologized twice — talking to reporters afterward and later on social media.

“Sorry to the guy I pushed after the game,” Adams posted to Twitter. “Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran infront (sic) of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately.”

Asked on Tuesday about the incident, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said, “I support Davante wholeheartedly as a human being. As a person, he’s a great guy. I know that was an unfortunate situation. We obviously don’t want any of our guys to be doing anything like that. He knows that. He’s very well aware of that. But I know the person. I don’t think there was any intent behind it on his part.

“But whatever (the NFL) asks of us, whatever they need from us, obviously we’ll comply. But we’re kind of in a wait-and-see (situation in terms of discipline) at this point.”

The Raiders had one final shot on fourth-and-1 with 46 seconds left but quarterback Derek Carr’s pass fell incomplete when Adams and fellow wide receiver Hunter Renfrow collided while running their patterns. Adams seemed to have a catch on the play before, but it was overruled by the replay official.

According to the police report, the photographer “was pushed to the ground causing injury. He made arrangements for private transport to the hospital for treatment at which time he called police.”

Adams had touchdown catches of 58 and 48 yards Monday night, finishing with three receptions for 124 yards.

The Raiders fell to 1-4 with the loss.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) runs the ball in for a touchdown pursued by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Rashad Fenton (27) in the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Davante Adams facing discipline for pushing man

Las Vegas Raiders wideout Davante Adams is facing discipline for pushing a credentialed person to the ground at the end of Monday night’s game in Kansas City, NFL Network and ESPN reported Tuesday.

Video shows Adams heading for the tunnel at the end of the Raiders’ loss to the Chiefs when he encountered a man carrying equipment. Adams pushed the man, who ended up falling backward onto the ground.

Adams, 29, is facing a fine or possible suspension from the league, per the reports. He apologized twice — talking to reporters afterward and later on social media.

“Sorry to the guy I pushed after the game,” Adams posted to Twitter. “Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran infront (sic) of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately.”

The Raiders had one final shot on fourth-and-1 with 46 seconds left but quarterback Derek Carr’s pass fell incomplete when Adams and fellow wide receiver Hunter Renfrow collided while running their patterns. Adams seemed to have a catch on the play before, but it was overruled by the replay official. The Raiders lost the game, 30-29.

Adams had touchdown catches of 58 and 48 yards Monday night, finishing with three receptions for 124 yards.

The Raiders fell to 1-4 with the loss.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on during mandatory mini camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson: Davante Adams is NFL’s best WR … for now

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson recognized Davante Adams as the best at his position in the NFL. Well, for the time being.

Jefferson praised the Las Vegas Raiders wideout during a recent interview with Complex.com before adding that he likely will take his place atop the league by the end of this upcoming season.

“I’ll say after this year I’ll be the best receiver in the NFL,” Jefferson told Complex.com. “I definitely have to give it to Davante Adams as of now, him being so crazy and dynamic on the field. His route running is crazy, so I definitely have to give it to him right now, but I’m pretty sure after this year, it’s going to be me.”

Jefferson, 23, is off to a flying start to begin his NFL career.

He posted a then-rookie-record 1,400 receiving yards in 2020 before erupting for 108 catches and 1,616 yards in 2021. His receiving yardage total last season was better than that of Adams (1,553) and trailed only Los Angeles Rams star Cooper Kupp (1,947). Kupp, who was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, finished 18 yards shy of breaking Hall of Fame member Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yards record in 2012.

“I think I have to do it three years in a row for everybody to believe so,” Jefferson said. “Some people don’t think that after two years you deserve to be at the top of the league. And then me, I feel like I’m going to surpass 1,600 yards too. So I think that I’ll become the best receiver after this year.”

Adams, 29, is a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17) following the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers: Packers trading Davante Adams ‘surprising’

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted he was surprised after the Green Bay Packers traded two-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason.

A four-time NFL MVP, Rodgers was making in his first public comments since the trade on March 18 while speaking during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

“It was a little surprising with Davante — obviously when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was going to come back,” Rodgers said. “I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I saw my career going, as far as how many years I want to play. But I felt like he was going to be back, didn’t obviously turn out that way, but I have so much love for ‘Tae and appreciate the time we spent together and definitely wish him the best and Derek (Carr) in Vegas. But that’s a big hole to fill.”

The Packers shuffled Adams to the Raiders for first- and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Green Bay used the first-round pick, No. 22 overall, on Thursday night to select Georgia linebacker Quay Walker.

Adams, 29, posted career highs of 123 receptions (second in NFL) and 1,553 yards (third) in 2021 in 16 games (all starts). He caught 11 touchdown passes. He had 73 career TD passes in eight seasons with the Packers, earning five Pro Bowl appearances.

The loss of Adams was magnified even greater in Green Bay after the team saw wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling sign with the Kansas City Chiefs the following week.

Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and offseason addition Sammy Watkins are the top wideouts on the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders’ Derek Carr agrees to 3-year, $121.5M extension

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $121.5 million, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The reported deal includes a no-trade clause for Carr, who had one season remaining on a five-year, $125 million extension he signed in 2017. He will be tied to the Raiders through the 2025 season.

Carr will be reunited with offseason acquisition Davante Adams, who was acquired from the Green Bay Packers on March 18. The two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl wideout played with Carr at Fresno State.

The Raiders finished 10-7 in 2021 and lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-19, in an AFC wild-card game. On the season, Carr completed 428 passes for 4,804 yards, both career highs, and threw for 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Now 31, Carr was the No. 36 overall selection (second round) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In eight seasons as the Raiders’ starter, Carr has a 57-70 record and has thrown for 31,700 yards with 193 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) walks off the field after a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Packers trade WR Davante Adams to Raiders

The Green Bay Packers are trading two-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for a package that includes at least a first-round pick in this year’s draft, ESPN and NFL Network reported Thursday.

Adams also gets a new five-year contract from the Raiders worth $141.25 million, making him the highest-paid wideout and non-quarterback in the NFL, per the reports. It has an average annual value of $28.25 million per year.

Among receivers, that tops Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins, whose on-paper average salary is $27.3 million per season. It shatters the total value of Amari Cooper’s $100 million contract.

The Packers get a second pick in this year’s draft, per ESPN. NFL Network reports a player could be headed to Green Bay in the deal as well.

Adams was given the franchise designation by the Packers, blocking his path to unrestricted free agency with a one-year deal that would pay him more than $20 million for 2022.

But Adams informed the Packers he would not play under the franchise designation, with NFL Network reporting that Adams — who leads NFL wideouts in catches, yards and TD receptions since 2016 — grew frustrated last summer with long-term contract negotiations with the Green Bay front office. The same report stated that quarterback Aaron Rodgers knew of Adams’ discontent and the ensuing trade discussions before restructuring his deal with the Packers this month.

Adams, 29, posted career highs of 123 receptions (second in NFL) and 1,553 yards (third) in 2021 in 16 games (all starts). He caught 11 touchdown passes. He has 73 career TD passes in eight seasons with the Packers, earning five Pro Bowl appearances.

–Field Level Media

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Franchise tag roundup: Davante Adams, 4 more tagged by deadline

Just like his MVP quarterback, Packers wide receiver Davante Adams’ future is also in Green Bay.

The Packers used the franchise tag to retain Adams, hours after Aaron Rodgers confirmed he would return for the 2022 season. Adams was one of five NFL players to receive the tag Tuesday before the 4 p.m. ET deadline and one of eight in all.

Adams exceeds the franchise tag tender value for wide receivers and would make more than $20 million in 2022 under the tender. Because his cap hit was almost $16.8 million in 2021, his franchise number is $20.1 million.

The Packers and Adams are reportedly “not close” to a long-term contract. Adams openly insisted he should be the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver, a contract general manager Brian Gutekunst said the All-Pro deserves. The sides have until the July 15 deadline to reach a long-term deal.

Adams has 669 receptions with the Packers, including 123 in 2021 and 115 in 2020 while playing just 14 games that season. He has 29 touchdown catches the past two seasons.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the franchise tag to keep wideout Chris Godwin for the second consecutive year. The two sides can negotiate a long-term deal by July 15 under the terms of the tag.

Last March, the Buccaneers applied the “non-exclusive” franchise tag on Godwin, meaning he was able to discuss a contract with other teams. Tampa Bay retained the right to match any contract offer.

Godwin, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury, would earn approximately $19.2 million on the tag in 2022 if the two sides can’t work out a long-term deal.

The 26-year-old Godwin caught a career-high 98 passes for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 starts in 2021. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Godwin is expected to miss training camp and preseason, but he could be back for the start of the regular season barring complications in his recovery.

–Tight end Dalton Schultz was tagged by the Dallas Cowboys, guaranteeing his 2022 salary at $10.931 million.

Schultz, 25, was a fourth-round pick in 2018 and caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season. The Cowboys are uncertain whether fellow tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) will be available to start the 2022 season.

The Cowboys also announced that they created $22 million in cap space by restructuring the contracts of quarterback Dak Prescott and offensive guard Zack Martin as the new league year approaches. The team saved $15 million on Prescott’s deal and $7 million on Martin’s by converting a portion of their 2022 salary into a signing bonus.

Prescott had a passer rating of 120.0 when targeting Schultz since 2020, according to the Cowboys.

–The Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on tight end Mike Gesicki.

Like Schultz with the Cowboys and David Njoku with the Cleveland Browns, Gesicki will make $10.931 million in 2022 salary once the tender offer is signed.

Gesicki, 26, recorded career-high totals in both catches (73) and receiving yards (780) to go along with two touchdowns in 17 games last season. Gesicki has 199 catches for 2,255 yards and 13 touchdowns in 64 career games since being selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars placed the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson for the second consecutive season.

Robinson, 26, will earn $16.66 million under the tender unless the sides can reach a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline. Robinson earned $13.754 million under the tag last season.

Robinson has started all 61 games he has played for the Jaguars since they selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Davante Adams (17) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter during their football game Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The touchdown Adams ahead of Jordy Nelsons for touchdown receptions from Rodgers.Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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With franchise QB silent, Packers WR Davante Adams expects tag

With the future of his MVP quarterback up in the air, it appears Packers wide receiver Davante Adams’ future is in Green Bay.

The Packers are planning to use the franchise tag to retain Adams, according to reports, with the two sides “not close” to a long-term contract. Adams openly insisted he should be the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver, a contract general manager Brian Gutekunst said the All-Pro deserves.

However, the definition of highest paid and how Adams’ deal would fit with any potential contract arrangement with Aaron Rodgers are factors that contribute to Green Bay using the franchise tag.

Adams, 29, said last summer he isn’t offering any “hometown discounts” to remain with the Packers.

The deadline for the tag to be applied is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. If given the exclusive franchise tag, Adams would not be permitted to speak with other teams.

Adams had 669 receptions with the Packers, including 123 in 2021 and 115 in 2020 while playing just 14 games that season. He has 29 touchdown catches the past two seasons.

Adams, like Rodgers, also has voiced dissatisfaction with the front office. Rodgers, before returning to the Packers at the start of training camp last summer, reportedly mocked Gutekunst in a group text with teammates and called him Jerry Krause, a reference to the late Chicago Bulls general manager who was seen as a villain in the Michael Jordan docuseries, “The Last Dance.”

In July, Adams and Rodgers posted identical Instagram story photos of Jordan and Scottie Pippen, perhaps a reference at the time to their unhappiness with their team’s handling of contract issues.

Adams exceeds the franchise tag tender value for wide receivers and would make more than $20 million in 2022. Because his cap hit was almost $16.8 million in 2021, his franchise number is $20.1 million.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins signed a two-year, $54.5 million contract that would appear to imply an average annual salary of $27.25 million. But based on payouts and bonuses, his deal is closer to a three-year, $60.1 million deal according to Spotrac.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in action against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (toe) misses practice again

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not practice on Thursday due to what he has referred to as a fractured toe.

Rodgers, who also missed practice on Wednesday, is expected to play for the Packers (8-3) on Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Rams (7-3).

The reigning NFL MVP has thrown for 2,571 yards with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions in 10 games this season.

While Rodgers was a no-go on Thursday, star wide receiver Davante Adams was a full participant. Adams was listed as limited on Wednesday as he deals with an ankle injury.

Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), wide receiver Malik Taylor (abdomen), tight end Marcedes Lewis (rest) and cornerback Kevin King (hip, knee) did not practice on Thursday.

–Field Level Media