The Green Bay Packers have always taken the field with some of the most exciting wide receivers in the NFL at the disposal of Aaron Rodgers. After two tough seasons, Davante Adams turned into one of those exciting receivers and he is now entering the final year of his contract. It might be time for the Packers to resign Adams to an extension or risk losing him in the 2018 NFL free agent market.

Davante Adams' emergence in 2016

In his first two seasons in the NFL, Davante Adams combined to catch 88 receptions for 929 yards and four touchdowns. Something then clicked for Adams in his third season and he caught 75 receptions for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns, an impressive improvement for the star receiver.

He was a Pro-Bowl alternative and proved that he was finally coming around. However, as a second round draft pick in 2014, he only has the four years on his contract and there is no option for a fifth, meaning that the Green Bay Packers need to sign him to an extension soon or they risk him hitting the NFL free agent market in 2018 and risk losing him. ESPN already ranks Davante Adams as one of their sleeper free agent picks for next season.

Packers want to keep Davanta Adams

The Green Bay Packers president, Mark Murphy, said that they want to re-sign Davante Adams to a new contract before he hits the NFL free agent period next year. Other names listed are Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Aaron Rodgers, who he wants to ink to new deals.

The good news for the Packers is that similar wide receivers from Adams 2014 NFL Draft class are mostly first round picks who have options to remain with their teams and won't be testing the free agent market in the NFL in 2018. Those are names like Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks (who was just traded to the New England Patriots), and Kelvin Benjamin.

If Davante Adams repeats his impressive 2016 performance in 2017, his value will go up and looking at contracts for lesser receivers like Kenny Stills, Adams should be able to find a big money contract if he becomes an NFL free agent in 2018.

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