With the 2022 season quickly approaching, the Las Vegas Raiders are readying themselves to make some noise in the league.
Armed with a new coaching staff and roster, the Raiders are a team to watch throughout the season. However, all eyes will be on Davante Adams, who can transform a team’s offenses single-handedly.
Adams had a great setup with the Green Bay Packers but detailed why he felt it was finally time to request out via Tim Keone of ESPN:
“The time came where I had to think about my overall life and happiness,” Adams says. “Where do I want my kids to grow up? I love Green Bay but I’m a West Coast dude and a lot of family — especially my grandparents — haven’t been able to see me play in close to a decade of playing pro ball. It’s all the same people that’s coming — and it’s not a whole lot. It’s hard to get into Green Bay, and it’s expensive, too — I’m like, why the hell is it expensive to get into Green Bay?
“I had to leave every single weekend of OTAs to come back to California. Literally every single weekend I was flying back and forth, two flights each way on commercial flights. Four flights each week just to see my family. I wanted to be able to do OTAs and be with my team but not have to leave my wife and kids. That’s huge for me. I’m a family man, and that was hella unnecessary travel.”
Family should always trump everything, and Adams made it a clear priority to be closer to his loved ones. It also doesn’t hurt that the Raiders showed flashes of a great team last season, so the Silver and Black faithful must feel good about their chances now that they have a true star receiver on their squad.