Davante Adams: Aaron Rodgers respected, understood my decision to leave Green Bay

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Earlier this week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told reporters that he couldn’t fault Davante Adams for wanting to get traded to the Raiders because it was the best decision for the receiver and his family.

On Thursday, Adams further explained his rationale as to why he wanted to leave Green Bay for Las Vegas. As the five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro explained it, the stability at quarterback along with the ability to play closer to his home state of California were both significant factors.

“[Rodgers and I] talked throughout the whole process,” Adams said in his press conference. “He was aware of where I stood and I was aware of where he stood. And we had talks. Just like what he said the other day, we had talks about his future and what he thinks his duration in Green Bay or just football in general would look like.

“And that played into my decision as well because where I am in my career — and this isn’t a shot at any other quarterbacks in Green Bay. I love Jordan Love especially, he’s a great guy. But I’ve got aspirations of doing really, really big things and being remembered. And it just wasn’t really a point in my career that I was willing to sacrifice Aaron not being there after a year or two. So my decision was to be here and he respected that, he understood that.”

Adams added that because he’s closer to California, he’ll be able to pack a suite full of his family. And that’s a big deal for him because his grandparents hadn’t seen him play when he was in Green Bay.

But the relationship between Adams and Rodgers remains solid, even as Adams gets ready for his first season in Las Vegas.

“We’ve had a lot of great talks,” Adams said. “He was in The Match, I’m sure y’all know about that, and wanted me to go play a practice round with him in the morning. And I definitely would have gone and done that but we had practice here.”

Rodgers may have understood Adams’ decision but he’ll likely still miss him a lot on the field in 2022. Adams averaged eight catches for 98 yards with a touchdown per game over the last two seasons, earning back-to-back All-Pro honors.

21 responses to “Davante Adams: Aaron Rodgers respected, understood my decision to leave Green Bay

  1. Everything that Aaron does or doesn’t do is strictly in his own best interests and to his own benefit.
    He couldn’t possibly have any objections to someone else doing the same for themselves.
    If he does, he would be wise to keep his objections to himself.

  2. Oh it’s a shot love. Great guy but No mention about being a great player
    Because love is a Not so great qb.

  3. Just because the Raiders squeaked into the playoffs without HC doesn’t mean the Raiders are in good shape or “trending up.” They have an inconsistent QB arguably 3rd string caliber ay best. They just traded the farm for an over priced WR that won’t have the same production without Rodgers. They didn’t retain any of their picks from the Mack trade except for some no name DE that had four sacks in one game against the Bengal’s 3rd string offensive lineman. Just because you think an opinion isn’t correct, doesn’t mean you let your insecurities get the best of you. The Raiders will be a below average team in that division, you will see. 6-11, maaaaaybe 7-10 and that’s being more than generous in that division.

  4. So much love and respect all the way around. That’s how the great ones do it.

  5. This is just window dressing. Davante Adams wanted to dap it up with a real QB, Justin Herbert, twice a year. Who can blame him, kid’s a star!

  6. Translation. Rodgers will play maybe two years and Adams doesn’t want his career wasted with Love.

  7. “He was in The Match, I’m sure y’all know about that, and wanted me to go play a practice round with him in the morning. And I definitely would have gone and done that but we had practice here.”

    Both Rodgers and Adams just signed massive deals and are All-Pros. Which one sounds like he’s hungry to win a championship with his teammates?

  8. Everyone will soon see how much of Davante Adams was Davante Adams and how much was Aaron Rodgers.

  9. The Raiders will be 3-14 and Green Bay will be 14-3.

    Derek Carr is not Aaron Rodgers and this is the NFL not college ball.

    The rudderless Raiders sinking ship is going down!

  10. As long as the head coach and GM are okay with it, this means it is okay. It is so easy in Green Bay to have the head coach and GM as the same person. Fewer people to please.

  11. The AFCW is stacked. The Raiders will struggle to make the playoffs for years to come.

  12. I don’t know what you guys are smoking but the Raiders are stacked, they are going to be good. A few question areas for sure but they should be fine!

  13. This is an honest answer. If Rodgers is out after 1-2 years and Davante is good to go for 5-7, he’s got to get the long term deal where he can self actualize. Good decision. Sounds like as good a strategist as WR1. Good luck.

  14. Move on Davante and stop talking about Green Bay. You chose to leave Green Bay. Youre a Raider now. Best of luck with Derek Carr

  15. Life-long fan, season ticket holder … I hold zero grudge towards Adams whatsoever. I wish him all the success in the world, and glad he’s happy, being where he wants to be. That said also … while it’s never good to loser a player of his caliber, it was two season-ending playoff games in a row, where Rodgers threw to a double or triple-covered Adams, with the season on the line. It might be a good thing, to force Rodgers to not key on him quite as much, we shall find out.

  16. don’tbeaboosterbrains says:
    June 9, 2022 at 4:29 pm
    Just because the Raiders squeaked into the playoffs without HC doesn’t mean the Raiders are in good shape or “trending up.” They have an inconsistent QB arguably 3rd string caliber ay best. They just traded the farm for an over priced WR that won’t have the same production without Rodgers. They didn’t retain any of their picks from the Mack trade except for some no name DE that had four sacks in one game against the Bengal’s 3rd string offensive lineman. Just because you think an opinion isn’t correct, doesn’t mean you let your insecurities get the best of you. The Raiders will be a below average team in that division, you will see. 6-11, maaaaaybe 7-10 and that’s being more than generous in that division.
    ————————————————————————————————————-
    They also lost their number one receiver. Carr is not a top tier QB, but to say he is 3rd string is laughable. Adams won’t have the same production? Probably not, but he is a playmaker. People say Tyreek Hill won’t have the same production without Mahommes. Hill has 1,000 yards receiving before Mahommes ever became the starter. The Mack trade… Tell me again how Mack doesn’t even play for the Bears, who also paid him a lot of money. The Bears had one good season with him. He also routinely disappeared in big games. That no name DE was selected to the Pro Bowl. He must be terrible.

  17. Every other team in that division is stacked. The Raiders have a former #1 WR and no QB. Maxx Crosby is not Khalil Mack and the Raiders defense is average at best.

    Have another try there pal.

    Raiders will be lucky to get 6 wins this season.

  18. You don’t have to EXPLAIN anything to Rodgers, really you don’t. He doesn’t come to you for his business decisions.

  19. Why does everyone crave a villain? Someone to blame…oh it’s Rodgers fault, it’s because he didn’t want to play with Jordan Love, blah blah. I’m from a small town near Green Bay, and no disrespect to NE Wisconsin, but give a 100 people a choice between enormous money there, or playing in LV closer to family with their best friend, 90 of them would choose Las Vegas. This makes sense to me. I see no deeper untold vendetta. Time to move on with our lives. Who cares? Everyone got something.

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