Raiders news: Davante Adams’ trade is amazing
I woke up this morning and it’s true. Davante Adams is a Raider from Las Vegas.
It really happened
Last night, I shared my first thoughts on the blockbuster trade between the Las Vegas Raiders and Green Bay Packers who sent the NFL’s top wide receiver to the Raiders and first- and second-round picks to the Packers
Yet I woke up this morning with more thoughts. Let me unload them on you:
There are a lot of sudden superbowl talk about the Raiders and for good reason. That’s why they made this trade and that’s why they signed Chandler Jones. The Josh McDaniels-Dave Ziegler diet is all in. Rebuild? Nope. They reload.
It’s a league where the teams with the best players win.
Well, the Raiders now have Adams, Derek Carr, Darren Waller, Maxx Crosby, Jones, Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs.
Why not them?
Skeptics talk about the risk of the Adams trade and, yes, there are, indeed, risks. He makes huge amounts of money and the Raiders scrapped the capital draft. At some point, the downside of this deal will surface and the Raiders will feel it. But that’s probably in four or five years.
The recent draft fails and this commitment will affect Las Vegas at some point, but it doesn’t matter if the Raiders win a Super Bowl. It’s like the Los Angeles Rams. All of their crazy spending and trading will eventually catch up, but who cares? Their approach resulted in a Super Bowl.
Now the Raiders are in the same situation. Anything less than Carr and Adams celebrating a Lombardi trophy with a parade down the Strip will be a bust. This trade was not made for the Raiders to finally win a playoff game. It’s about winning it all. This is the expectation and this is the reality.
It is a global movement. Really, McDaniels and Ziegler had no choice.
They know the Kansas City Chiefs having the best quarterback on the planet. They know that Russell Wilson is on the Denver Broncos. They know the super talented Los Angeles Chargers just added Khalil Mack and CJ Jackson. The Raiders had to respond and with Adams and Jones they responded like a leader.
The winner of the AFC West is going to be a bad motherfucker.
But this is only the first task. The Super Bowl is looming and the Raiders know it. So it’s a wonderful opportunity with major consequences if it doesn’t work out for the franchise.
The same goes for Carr.
It’s his turn to answer the call. He has Adams, his close friend and college teammate. He has other weapons. I mean, Adams, Waller and Renfrow? Come on, Carr needs to take the next step in his 31-year-old season. We must put an end to untimely reversals and bad decisions. He has everything in front of him. He has to show that he can be a champion.
The bottom line; No excuses allowed.
Speaking of Waller, he’s going to explode under McDaniels. Did Gronk have a receiving weapon like Adams in New England? The possibilities are limitless.
There should be a minimum of three drinks for this Vegas show,
And let’s not forget the Vegas aspect here. When the Oakland move was announced, I told the fans it would be a game changer. A gorgeous new stadium, prime location would mean the Raiders moving into the NFL’s high-rent neighborhood and moves like this show it. And they will continue to make a splash over the years. But, again, all of that means the Super Bowl is nothing.
This is the new normal for this franchise.