Star wide receiver Davante Adams has expressed his dissatisfaction with the direction the Las Vegas Raiders have taken this offseason, indicating that he doesn’t believe the team’s moves have made them a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
In an interview with Mirin Fader of The Ringer, Adams revealed that he and the front office are not on the same page regarding what is best for the team at the moment.
Adams also hinted at his reservations about playing alongside quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Raiders signed Garoppolo to a three-year, $72.8 million deal after parting ways with longtime starter Derek Carr, who happens to be Adams’ college teammate and close friend.
The star wideout posted a cryptic message on his Instagram story following the announcement of Garoppolo’s signing, suggesting that he believes the quarterback’s abilities are limited.
While Adams acknowledged that he can adapt to Garoppolo’s style of play, he expressed concerns about the team’s ability to reach its full potential if they utilize the quarterback in a certain way.
Despite any misgivings, Adams is expected to continue producing on the field. In his first season without Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, he led the league in receiving touchdowns (14) and earned his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl selection.
However, time is of the essence for Adams, as he turned 30 last season and understands that his prime years are limited. Having never played in a Super Bowl during his nine-year career, Adams is growing impatient and eager to compete for a championship while he is at the peak of his abilities.
The signing of Garoppolo did not improve the Raiders’ Super Bowl odds, as they currently possess the 11th-worst championship odds according to OddsChecker.
It remains to be seen whether Garoppolo can exceed expectations and address Adams’ doubts, as failure to do so may only further fuel the wide receiver’s discontent with the team’s offseason moves. The Raiders will need to prove their Super Bowl credentials in order to assuage Adams’ concerns and keep him fully invested in their pursuit of a championship.