He was Aaron Rodgers‘ top target, and their partnership has become one of the NFL’s best.
Unfortunately, Adams chose to be traded and signed a five-year, $141.25 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders and play with his college teammate Derek Carr.
Adams’ departure leaves a huge void that the Packers might not be able to address this season.
Even if the wide receiver class in this year’s draft is deep, the top options might be gone by the time they draft at 21st overall.
However, Footballguys writer Dave Kluge argued that the Packers already have a primary receiver in Allen Lazard.
Who says Allen Lazard can’t be the primary WR in Green Bay?
1:16 left in the half and Aaron Rodgers leaned on him all the way down the field.
— Dave Kluge (@DaveKluge) April 6, 2022
Kluge tweeted, “Who says Allen Lazard can’t be the primary WR in Green Bay? 1:16 left in the half, and Aaron Rodgers leaned on him all the way down the field. Credit @BookOfEli_NFL for cutting the film.”
The tweet features a video wherein all of Rodgers’ completions went to Lazard, including a touchdown with 15 seconds left.
They were creative in lining him up at various formations to leave him open.
Will Lazard Thrive Without Adams?
There’s a counterargument to Kluge’s claim because Lazard became open.
After all, Adams attracted much attention from the defense.
If two players are covering him, somebody will be open, which is often Lazard.
The Iowa State standout had a decent 2021 season with 513 yards and eight touchdowns.
With Adams gone, expects his numbers to elevate.
But even if he becomes the Packers’ top wideout, they will still need someone who can stretch the field.
They can get that person via the draft, and he will serve as a decoy in some plays.
If he does well in 2022, Lazard will command a salary higher than the $3.9 million he will receive this season.