The Las Vegas Raiders have informed teams around the NFL that they are not trading Davante Adams 31 deadline before October, regardless of how unhappy the star receiver is with the offense, league sources told ESPN.
The Raiders have made it clear to teams that they are not interested in moving on from Adams, even if the All-Pro is open to a trade, according to sources. Adams signed a five-year contract with Las Vegas through 2022 and was intended to be one of the focal points of Raiders coach Josh McDaniels’ offense.
Adams publicly discussed his frustrations with his role in the Raiders’ offense last week, fueling speculation across the NFL that Las Vegas could hold off on trading him. Sources confirmed to ESPN that there were teams last season that absolutely considered trying to trade for Adams, though it’s unclear if those teams reached out to the Raiders.
Other teams have already considered trading for Adams in recent days and weeks, according to sources.
Adams admitted his frustrations Wednesday after being targeted a total of nine times in the Raiders’ last two games. He said that despite Las Vegas recording wins in both games, he believes the more the offense uses him, the better chance the Raiders will have to succeed.
“If it doesn’t look like it’s supposed to, I’ll be disappointed if I’m not part of that plan,” Adams said. “I have a chance to go and change it and make it look like a better picture out there, and if it’s not, I’m going to be disappointed. If Jacoby [Meyers] Goes out and has a monster game or if the offense scores every five plays, like on our first drive Bills, that’s it.
“It’s not about me, but I’m one of the big parts for this offense. And if I don’t get it, it’s obviously not according to plan.”
The comments marked the latest incident in which Adams has shared feelings of apparent unhappiness with the Raiders.
While discussing Las Vegas’ front office with The Ringer in May, Adams said, “We don’t see eye to eye on what we think is best for us right now,” before posting a photo of him and Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler the next day. , arm and arm, with the words, “The Man”.
Adams’ college teammate after being benched by the Raiders last season Derek CarrHe posted a message on Instagram that read, “Because I’m a rider.”
Adams, 30, has 39 receptions for 471 yards and three touchdowns over six games this season. The six-time Pro Bowler had 13 catches on 20 targets in Week 3 against the Steelers and eight on 13 targets the following week against the Chargers, but has just six receptions on nine targets over the last two games combined.
“Our job is to make sure our best players have an opportunity to impact the game and do what they can,” McDaniels said Wednesday. “So he’s going to do everything to help us win, I know that for sure. He’s got a great attitude and mentality. He’s as competitive as a guy I’ve ever been, and wants the ball and wants to contribute as he should.”