Davante Adams says 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers’ impending retirement is partly why he left Green Bay

Davante Adams says 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers’ impending retirement is partly why he left Green Bay

Davante Adams says 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers’ impending retirement is partly why he left Green Bay

Wide receiver Davante Adams is no longer with the Green Bay Packers, and he says the impending retirement of quarterback Aaron Rodgers is partly to blame. While there is no bad blood between the former teammates, Adams admits Rodgers played a part in his departure.

Adams gave reporters a behind-the-scenes look at why he decided to join the Las Vegas Raiders, saying he talked to Rodgers about his decision.

“Oh, yes. We talked several times. We talked the whole process too, and he was aware of where I was standing, and I was aware of where he was standing. We had conversations like he said recently,” said Adams .

As he looked to his future, Adams said he needed to make a decision that was best for his long-term success.

“He said we had conversations about his future and what he thinks his duration in Green Bay or just football in general would look like, and that factored into my decision as well,” the recipient said. “Because where I am in my career — and this isn’t a shot at anybody, not any other quarterback, in Green Bay, I especially like Jordan Love, he’s a great guy — I have the ambition to be really, really big doing things and being remembered, and it just wasn’t really a point in my career that I was willing to sacrifice Aaron because he wasn’t there after a year or two.”

Taking everything into consideration, including not knowing how long the 38-year-old quarterback would be in the league, helped fuel Adams’ decision to facilitate a trade to the Raiders, where he landed a monstrous contract. He said the move wasn’t just about the money, but a chance to play closer to his native California and reunite with his former college quarterback Derek Carr.

Adams emphasized that there were no hard feelings between him and Rodgers and that they both understood the choice of the other.

“So my decision was to be here, and he respected that, he understood it has a lot to do with where I want to raise my kids, family, being closer to home. … We’ve got a lot of good talk, man. He understands where I come from, I understood where he came from, so we just left it at that,” he said.

Rodgers has also spoken out about the star-wide receiver leaving the cheese state, saying he “cannot blame” Adams’ decision.

This low season, Adams signed a five-year contract for $141.25 million and Rodgerswho was said to be leaving Green Bay, agreed to a four-year, $200 million extension.

Adams isn’t far off in the retirement talks, with 38 being “old” for a quarterback. Rodgers has shown that he doesn’t slow down yet and as we’ve seen with Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s quarterback Tom Brady, playing well into his 40s isn’t out of the question, but putting up his cleats will happen sooner or later for Rodgers.

Rodgers also says he thinks about retirement “all the time.”

Adams started his career with the Packers when he was drafted into the second round in 2014 and clearly meant a lot to the people of Green Bay. But at the end of the day, sports is a business and Adams wanted to get the contract he wanted while he could.