Davante Adams says 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers’ impending retirement is part of the reason he left Green Bay

Davante Adams says 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers’ impending retirement is part of the reason 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’s no bad blood between the former teammates, Adams admits Rodgers played a role in his departure.

Adams told reporters why he decided to join the Las Vegas Raiders, saying he spoke to Rodgers about his decision.

“Oh, yeah. We talked a couple of times. We also talked through the process, and he knew where I was at, and I was aware of where he was at. We had discussions like what he said the other day,” Adams said.

Looking to his future, Adams said he had to make a decision that was best for his long-term success.

“He mentioned that we had discussions about his future and what he thought his tenure in Green Bay or just football in general would be like, and that played into my decision as well,” the receiver said. “Because where I’m at in my career — and it’s not lucky for anyone, any other quarterback, in Green Bay, I especially like Jordan Love, he’s a great guy — I’ve aspirations to do really, really big things and be remembered, and it just wasn’t a time in my career where I was willing to sacrifice Aaron to not be around after a year or two .”

Considering everything, including not knowing how long the 38-year-old quarterback would stay in the league, helped fuel Adams’ decision to facilitate a trade to the Raiders where he landed a monstrous contract. He said the move was not just about the money, but also 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 each other’s choice.

“So my decision was to be here, and he respected that, he understood that it has a lot to do with where I want to raise my kids, my family, be closer to home. … We had a lot of good stuff is talking, man. He understands where I’m from, I understood where he’s coming from, so we left it at that,” he said.

Rodgers also opened up about the star receiver leaving the cheese state, saying he “can’t blame” Adams’ decision.

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

Adams isn’t far off retirement talk, with 38 being “old” for a quarterback. Rodgers has shown he’s not slowing down yet and as we’ve seen with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, playing well in his 40s isn’t out of the question, but hanging up his cleats will come sooner rather than later for Rodgers.

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

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

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