Las Vegas Raiders star wide receiver Davante Adams has previously been outspoken about some of the team’s personnel decisions, including the benching and eventual release of Derek Carr. Despite this, he reassured fans that he wants to be a Las Vegas Raider.
Adams spoke with NFL.com’s Nick Shook on Thursday where he downplayed concerns that he may not have the best relationship with head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler.
“At the end of the day, like I said a couple times now, I’m ecstatic to get to work with the new guys,” Adams told Shook. “Jimmy (Garoppolo) is a great guy. Love him to death. I didn’t know him very well before he got here, but getting to work together a little bit, being around each other, getting to know him, he’s a great guy. Definitely excited about getting to work with him and everybody else that’s in here.
“As far as the front office, I haven’t had a relationship in the past — this is 10 years for me in this game — and I haven’t had a relationship like I’ve had with those guys. Everything gets taken out of context. I wouldn’t be here. I told you guys right after the Derek (Carr) thing I was here to stay and wasn’t going anywhere. You can grab something and run with it if you want to get clicks. That’s what people often do with me and things that I say. Whether I misspeak or if I speak up. But at the end of the day, I’m a Raider and I’m excited to be here.”
It is obviously important to have Adams buy into the culture in Las Vegas if the Raiders want to turn things around next season. Despite their team struggles the six-time Pro Bowler finished with 1,516 receiving yards last season, which was the third most in the NFL.