Brett Favre was right about Derek Carr, but not Davante Adams

Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Brett Favre may have an accurate evaluation of Derek Carr, but Davante Adams is still elite.

With Davante Adams leaving the Green Bay Packers for the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason, Brett Favre believes he downgraded at quarterback from Aaron Rodgers to Derek Carr.

That is undeniably true. Rodgers is a perennial top-three quarterback in the league who will get into the hall of fame on the first ballot, while Carr is a top-12 passer who will be thanking his lucky stars to have a bronze bust in his likeness in Canton one day. Carr is considerably younger than Rodgers and that absolutely plays into Adams’ favor here, as he pushes towards the hall of fame.

Here is what Favre said to TMZ Sports about the decision Adams made to switch allegiances.

"“It’s just hard to shift gears, especially from a player as prolific as Aaron Rodgers,” Favre told TMZ Sports. “I think Derek Carr is a very good quarterback, but, he’s not in Aaron’s league yet. May never be, and that’s no disrespect.”"

This is the entire clip of Favre speaking with TMZ Sports about the new Raiders’ offensive pairing.

Favre may not have meant to throw shade at them, but this is a long-term play for the Raiders.

Brett Favre is right about Derek Carr, but not so much with Davante Adams

At best, Carr is a borderline candidate for Canton. Everybody with a brain understands what he has meant to the seemingly always chaotic Raiders organization. He has been a multi-time Pro Bowler and has guided them to the AFC playoffs twice during his playing career. However, Rodgers is a transcendent talent at the quarterback position. His mechanics are flawless, the gold standard.

Even if Carr flourishes in the second half of his Raiders career, he could end up becoming his generation’s version of Ken Anderson or Donovan McNabb, forever stuck in the Hall of Very Good. As far as Adams is concerned, he has been the best wide receiver in football for the better part of three years now. He is in his prime, but should age gracefully on the back-nine of his NFL career.

It is not really changing gears so much for Adams, as he was college teammates with Carr at Fresno State. They remain very close, as Carr was a big reason why Adams wanted to leave Green Bay. He grew up cheering for the Raiders as a West Coast kid. With an offensive-minded head coach in Josh McDaniels, the Silver and Black are poised to make some noise in the AFC West.

Is there going to be a drop-off from Rodgers to Carr for Adams? Yes, but not to the degree Favre expects. Keep in mind that Adams already has a strong rapport with Carr. Not only that, but he gets to play in the same offense with two other elite pass-catchers in Hunter Renfrow in the slot and Darren Waller out at tight end. The Packers have not had anything close to that for years now.

Ultimately, look for Adams to have around three more Pro Bowl seasons before he exits his prime. A deep playoff run or two with the Silver and Black before he retires should get Adams into Canton, no questions asked. However, there is so much more left to be written in the former Fresno State Bulldogs’ careers than the long-time Packers starter who used to play for Cal…

Packers fans have to accept that Adams will have a ton of success early playing for the Raiders.

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