Davante Adams opens up on why he decided not to opt out of 2020 NFL season
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many NFL players have been opting out of the 2020 season. It’s something that we’ve seen in every sport so far, so the fact that football players are joining in should not surprise anyone. However, Green Bay Packers superstar wide receiver Davante Adams is not among those opting out. And according to Rob Domovsky of ESPN, the wide receiver explained why:
Davante Adams said he “weighed options” when it came to opting out, “and here I am today.” “I have no plans of opting out at this point,” he said. “I love the game. I love my teammates and I’ve put a lot into this. I think about my legacy when it’s all said and done. This is a tricky time in the world, but it’s something I truly believe we can not necessarily run from.”
So according to that quote, not only did Adams not opt out, but he has no plans on doing so in 2020.
And it’s not like he is being irresponsible about the situation either. Adams says that he weighed his options. And it seems like he did think about the current problems that the world is facing.
However, he also thought about his teammates and his legacy. And Adams calls this a “tricky time” in the world, but one that he does not believe we can “necessarily run from”.
So it appears that he feels his team and his teammates need him. And he wants to continue to build on his legacy. Those outweighed anything else when he was making his decision.
Adams is one of the most important members on the Packers’ roster. For a few years now, he has been the only real weapon in the passing game for superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
And while they made a few moves this offseason, it appears that will be the case again in 2020.
Adams had his true breakout year in 2018. In that season he saw a career-high in receptions (111), receiving yards (1,386), and receiving touchdowns (13).
However, last year he saw a slip dip. Although the numbers were still good with 83 receptions for 997 yards and five touchdowns, they were not really close to his numbers from the previous season.
A lot of that had to do with Adams playing in just 12 games though. So the production dip does not really worry anyone, he is still considered one of the very best wide receivers in the NFL.
And with Green Bay not really having any other great receiving options, losing him certainly would have been a blow.
Rodgers is 36 and the Packers appear to have drafted his replacement at quarterback this year in Jordan Love. Which means they only have a limited time to win with the veteran anymore.
Losing Adams in 2020 would have really made things seem impossible. Now they still have that window of possibility. And maybe Rodgers can win one more before parting ways with the only team he’s known in the NFL.