What is a franchise tag and why won't Davante Adams play on it?
The Green Bay Packers and Davante Adams are no closer to an agreement for the coming season, with the wide receiver refusing to play on the franchise tag.
Wide receiver Davante Adams is not interested in playing for the Green Bay Packers on the franchise tag that the team has placed on him, according to the NFL Network.
What is a franchise tag?
The franchise tag is a label given to a player who is set to be a free agent to tether him to the team for a year. The tag is given to players who are valued by the organization. The 29-year-old is one of the best wide receivers in the league, and his tag is worth more than $20 million for the year.
This amount is the third highest to be paid to a wide receiver in the NFL, after DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals who has a season paycheck of $27.25 million and Julio Jones of the Tennessee Titans who rakes in $22 million.
Davante Adams prefers long-term deal
Adams however has to consider job security for the coming years, and is not content with a one-year deal. He would rather hammer out a long-term arrangement, especially since the Packers have effectively deprived him of the opportunity to sign a fatter contract in free agency.
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The two sides are continuing with negotiations but are no closer to a compromise at the moment. Adams is a five-time Pro Bowler and the 2020 NFL leader in receiving touchdowns.
He also had 123 receptions for 1,553 yards last season, which is the most registered by any wide receiver in the history of Green Bay. His contributions and value to the team are undeniable.
The Packers and Adams will have to agree on terms for an extension by July 15.