The Raiders weren't starved for receivers after last season. They had just made the playoffs behind a 1,000-yard season from Hunter Renfrow. But it became clear there was a No. 2 issue on the depth chart, with Bryan Edwards being the second-place receiver at 571 yards (third on the team behind Darren Waller as well).
With that in mind, the Raiders could have gone out and gotten someone like JuJu Smith-Schuster and felt like position was addressed. But after Aaron Rodgers signed his extension with the Packers and it became clear Davante Adams and Rodgers couldn't co-exist in Green Bay, the Raiders jumped on the superstar wide receiver.
On top of landing Adams, the Raiders didn't even have to give up much to acquire him. Because it was abundantly clear from Adams' end he wouldn't play on the franchise tag with the Packers, the Raiders were able to get him for first- and second-round picks this year, clearing their ledger relatively quickly.
The move reunited Adams with former Fresno State teammate Derek Carr, and despite some bumps in the road, their connection still seems strong with multiple 100-yard showings in Adams' first four games with Las Vegas.
The Sporting News breaks down Davante Adams' path to the Raiders:
Davante Adams trade details
- Raiders receive: WR Davante Adams
- Packers receive: 2022 first-round pick (22nd overall), 2022 second-round pick (53rd overall)
The Raiders sent their first two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft to the Packers in exchange for Davante Adams. The first-round pick was No. 22 overall, and the second rounder was No. 53.
Adams gave Las Vegas a top receiver to go with tight end Waller and slot maven Renfrow. And given that he has chemistry with Derek Carr from their days together at Fresno State, it hasn't taken him long to fit in.
As for who the Packers took with these picks, No. 22 went for linebacker Quay Walker and No. 53 was packaged to move up to No. 34 and get Christian Watson.
While it's hard to imagine any picks living up to Adams' production, the Packers did what they had to do given their bind.
Davante Adams extension
After Adams landed with the Raiders, they wasted no time in locking him up and heading off any talks about him not playing for Vegas right away.
As part of the deal, Adams was signed to a five-year, $141.5 million contract, which made him the highest-paid receiver in the league when he signed.
Since then, Tyreek Hill superseded his total AAV at $30 million per year.
The Raiders were clearly sending a message with the deal, which was made about a month before they signed Carr.
Davante Adams stats
The Raiders have struggled out of the gate, starting Josh McDaniels' tenure 1-3. Despite a loss in Week 1, it did provide a glimpse of Adams' potential in the offense, as he caught 10 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Things fizzled from there, as Adams caught seven passes for 48 yards over the next two weeks combined, though there was a touchdown mixed in there. In the Raiders' win over the Broncos, Adams broke out again, catching nine passes for 101 yards.
For the year, he now has 26 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns. The biggest question is the catch percentage. At 55.3 percent, it's his lowest catch percentage since 2015 (53.2 percent).
In other words, Carr is looking for consistency with his former college teammate, which one has to think will come with time. Perhaps Denver was a sign of things to come, but one thing is for certain: The Raiders have invested a lot in Adams. They need results from him and this offense early.