Davante Adams is undeniably one of the league’s premier receivers, and when trade rumors circulate, it’s only natural that fans from every corner would eagerly welcome him to their team.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Las Vegas Raiders’ standout Davante Adams has had a steadfast desire to establish a long-term presence in the city of Las Vegas. Davante Adams “has been set on playing in Vegas long-term,” said Fowler.
Fowler emphasized that the six-time Pro Bowler’s intention from the outset was to become a cornerstone of the Raiders, and it seems that this commitment remains unaltered.
In recent weeks, there has been speculation about whether Adams might be a trade candidate, especially with the Raiders currently sitting at third place in the AFC West with a 1-3 record. His comments following a 23-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 added fuel to the trade speculation. Adams expressed his impatience, stating that he doesn’t have the luxury to “just wait around” and displayed a sense of urgency for the team’s improvement.
After another loss, Adams asserted that his team is “better than the way we’ve been playing.” At this juncture, the question may shift from whether the 30-year-old receiver wants to leave, to whether Las Vegas is considering the advantages of trading him.
Despite Adams’ exceptional contributions as one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers, his impact on the Raiders’ ability to secure victories may have its limitations. It could potentially be the second consecutive season where he performs at an All-Pro level while the Raiders miss the postseason entirely.
Should the franchise desire a rapid turnaround in the near future, trading Adams could be a logical step in the process. Such a move would likely yield valuable draft picks, and it would facilitate the rebuilding efforts by shedding his substantial five-year, $140 million contract.
Considering that Adams’ presence on the roster translates to a significant salary cap hit of $44.1 million in both 2025 and 2026, the Raiders would need to be firmly committed to a win-now strategy to justify retaining a contract of that magnitude.