Trade Number 2: Baltimore tries a player and a pick for Davante Adams
Back in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Ravens drafted wide receiver Rashod Bateman late in the first round. The former Minnesota Gopher standout came into the league looking to be something similar to Adams; a real WR1.
In his first two-plus seasons, though, Bateman has struggled with injuries and has not panned out in the way the Ravens would have liked. In total, he has caught 71 passes for 882 yards and three touchdowns. This year, Bateman has caught just 10 receptions for 82 yards and zero scores.
Still, there is plenty of time left for him to gain consistency and become the pro he would prefer to be. For that reason, the Ravens include Bateman in a deal and give him a chance for a fresh start and in a place where he could potentially become that alpha receiver.
If the Raiders view Bateman as a possible WR1 candidate, then maybe he and a second rounder would be enough for the Ravens to land Bateman. Remembering that Adams is likely still unhappy after making those comments a few weeks ago is key. Teams could know he is on his way out, thus reducing his asking price.
But, if his price is indeed higher, then this last deal could blow the socks off Las Vegas.