The Green Bay Packers are not under any grand delusion that Davante Adams is about to fall flat on his face without Aaron Rodgers throwing him passes.
The Packers traded Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this month for a first-round pick (No. 22) and a second-round pick (No. 53) in the 2022 NFL Draft.
“Sometimes you’ve got to make some tough decisions,” Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur told NFL Network on Sunday at the owners’ meetings. “Certainly appreciate everything Davante brought to our team. I mean, he is the best receiver in the National Football League, so that was a tough one for me personally and for our organization.”
The Packers and Adams were unable to work out a contract extension and Rodgers’ return after flirting with retirement and trade options didn’t sway Adams to stay. Actually, Adams reportedly refused to play in 2022 on the franchise tag, which the Packers used to make sure not to lose the two-time First-Team All-Pro during free agency.
Adams owns a home in Las Vegas and is former teammates at Fresno State with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. LaFleur indicated that Adams had his heart set on changing addresses and couldn’t be talked out of it. The Raiders immediately signed Adams to a five-year, $140 million extension, including $65.6 million guaranteed.
“Well, there really wasn’t anything to talk about,” he said. “I mean, you’re going through a contract negotiation and certainly it was just one of those deals where, like I said, a lot of tough decisions had to be made.”
The Packers are in the market for a new No. 1 receiver for Adams but reportedly did not jump deep into the Tyreek Hill sweepstakes before he was traded to the Dolphins at the dismay of the Jets.