Carr admits recruiting approach for Adams was ‘egregious’

Posted: 07/09/2022 in NFL
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Derek Carr wanted nothing more than to reunite with former college teammate Davante Adams, and he apparently wasn’t worried about coming on too strong in his attempts to recruit the receiver to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Carr told ESPN’s Tim Keown that he called Adams right after the Raiders lost in the wild-card round in January.

“Oh, man,” Carr said, “I was egregious.”

The quarterback said he told the then-Green Bay Packers star, “Hey, whenever you’re ready, I’m ready. Let’s figure this thing out.”

After the Packers followed the Raiders out of the postseason in the divisional round with an upset loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Carr resumed his recruitment of Adams.

“I’m not going to lie,” Carr said. “I texted him the next day. I couldn’t help myself.

The NFL has no rules prohibiting player-to-player recruitment.

Carr continued to pursue his fellow Fresno State alum over golf and during offseason throwing sessions. And his persistence worked, with the Raiders acquiring Adams for a first- and a second-round pick from the Packers in March.

The star pass-catcher signed a five-year, $141.25-million contract with Las Vegas that briefly topped the receiver market. Tyreek Hill, who switched teams in one of the other blockbuster trades of the offseason, quickly eclipsed Adams after his move to the Miami Dolphins.

Carr also committed his future to the Raiders in April, inking a three-year extension worth $121.5 million.

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