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GREEN BAY, Wis. – It turns out that Aaron Rodgers’ return to the Green Bay Packers did not mean the same for Davante Adams.
Just days after Rodgers signed his blockbuster contract extension to return, Adams, his favorite target, left town in a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.
The Raiders send the Packers their first-round pick (No. 22 overall) and second-round pick (No. 53) in this year’s draft, sources told Schefter. It gives the Packers four choices in the top 60; they also own choices 28 and 59.
Adams, 29, signs a five-year contract with an average of $ 28.5 million per season with Las Vegas, a source said. Rodgers was aware of developments with Adams, who preferred to play elsewhere rather than return to Green Bay for a contract and a salary structure similar to his deal with the Raiders, a source said.
The deal reunites Adams with Derek Carr, his quarterback at Fresno State before joining the NFL together in 2014, and also gives Carr a No. 1 receiver at his best age.
The Raiders’ odds of winning the Super Bowl improved slightly after the change and went from 60-1 to 50-1 at Caesars Sportsbook. Las Vegas has 25-1 to win the AFC and has the fourth best odds of winning the AFC West 7-1.
Green Bay dropped from 11-1 to 12-1 to win the Super Bowl, but still owns the second-best odds in the NFC behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-1).
The Packers had used the franchise brand on Adams last week, but now they are free of that $ 20.14 million tax on their paycheck.
But Green Bay is now in great need of the recipient site. Two of the recipients in their rotation last season are free agents: deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. The Bears signed St. Brown on Thursday, but now the Packers cap has room to bring Valdes-Scantling back if they choose. They also tendered in the second round for limited free agent receiver Allen Lazard. Randall Cobb also returned to the Packers, but with a massive pay cut from $ 7,875 to $ 2,075 million.
At this point, the Packers’ best receivers on their depth chart are Lazard, Cobb, Amari Rodgers and Malik Taylor. But now they have the attic space and the working capital to rebuild the position. They have not drafted a receiver in the first round since 2002, when they selected Javon Walker as No. 20 overall.
Adams would never play on the franchise brand, and at the end of last season, he chose his words carefully when discussing the possibility, saying at the time, “I’m not sure how to answer that right now. So we will just cross that bridge when we get to it. I’m just saying that. I like being a professional here. “
Adams ‘deal with the Raiders concludes the most successful quarterback receiver partnership in the Packers’ history. Rodgers and Adams own the Packers record for most career touchdowns with a QB-WR combination of 68, breaking Rodgers and Jordy Nelson’s previous grade of 65.
Last summer, Adams made no secret of his desire to be the NFL’s highest paid recipient. The Packers agreed, but the parties could not agree on what defined the highest paid recipient. Adams and his agent, Frank Bauer, estimated that the standard is $ 27.75 million a year, the average in Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ contract.
However, the Packers consider Hopkins’ average to be closer to $ 20 million a year, as his most recent deal was an extension of his previous contract (five years, $ 81 million). The extra money was $ 54.5 million over another two years.
So Adams played the season out and had perhaps his best year, setting a single-season franchise record for catches (123) and yards (1,553) last season. He became just the sixth player in NFL history with 120-plus catches, 1,500-plus yards and 11-plus touchdown catches in the same season and is the only player in NFL history with three seasons (2018, 2020-21) on 110- plus catches, 1,350 plus receiving yards and 11 plus receiving TDs.
Adams is the most accomplished wideout Carr will have had in his eight-year career.
Carr has played with talented receivers in previous years, but Amari Cooper was still early in his career while Michael Crabtree’s best days lay behind him. Both fell into disfavor with Carr. Then there was Antonio Brown, whose self-imposed implosion got him released before he ever appeared in a regular season match. Henry Ruggs III began coming to court last season before being involved in a high-speed car accident that killed a 23-year-old woman in Las Vegas; Ruggs were cut.
Now with Adams in the fold, as long as the Raiders offensive line improves, Carr should have no excuses for not thriving.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez and David Purdum contributed to this report.