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Rodgers re-signed with the Packers in March, agreeing to a three-year, $150.8 million deal. Days later, Green Bay sent Adams to the Raiders.
Davante Adams of the Packers catches a pass for a touchdown in front of M.J. Stewart of the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
“Obviously, when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was gonna come back. You know, I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I, you know, saw my career going as far as how many years I wanted to play. But I felt like he was gonna be back. Did not see it turn out that way,” Rodgers said in an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Green Bay tagged Adams days before the trade. However, the NFL Network reported the two sides were far apart on negotiations for a long-term contract and Adams wasn’t going to play on the franchise tag.
Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers of the Packers celebrate after scoring against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
The Raiders signed Adams to a five-year, $140 million extension as soon as the trade was done.
“I thought that based on the number that we offered Davante and, you know, being able to play with me a few more years would definitely make a difference,” Rodgers said on the radio show. “But in the end, I think he was ready to move on and wanted my help in making that happen.”
Green Bay added three wide receivers in the draft to bolster their corps.
Davante Adams of the Packers walks onto the field during the Washington Football Team game at Lambeau Field on Oct. 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (John Fisher/Getty Images)
Selected were North Dakota State’s Christian Watson in the second round, Nevada’s Romeo Doubs in the fourth and Nebraska’s Samori Toure in the seventh.