Davante Adams has revealed how his former Green Bay Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers played a role in his decision to play for the Las Vegas Raiders.
The wide receiver signed a five-year, $141.25 million deal with the Raiders this offseason after he was traded by the Packers.
Although he is still young at 29, the California native knows that he needs to be careful when it comes to making decisions about his future. Adams said that the uncertainty surrounding Rodgers’ status for 2022 and beyond in Green Bay played a factor in his decision to move to Las Vegas, NFL.com reported.
“We’ve talked multiple times. We talked throughout the whole process, too, and he was aware of where I stood, and I was aware of where he stood. We had talks just like what he said the other day. He mentioned we had talks about his future and what he thinks his duration in Green Bay or just football in general would look like, and that played into my decision, as well,” Adams said.
He also said that he considered long-term success as a factor when he made his decision. He emphasized that he was not taking a shot at anyone.
“Because where I am in my career — and this isn’t a shot at anybody, any other quarterbacks, in Green Bay, I love Jordan Love especially, he’s a great guy — I got aspirations of doing really, really big things and being remembered, and it just wasn’t really a point in my career that I was willing to sacrifice Aaron not being there after a year or two,” the 29-year-old wide receiver explained.
Adams added that moving to the Raiders allowed him to be closer to home, not to mention giving him the opportunity to reunite with his former college teammate, quarterback Derek Carr.
Adams said that despite the trade, there are no hard feelings between him and Rodgers and that they 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, family, being closer to home. … We’ve had a lot of good talks, man. He understands where I’m coming from, I understood where he was coming from, so we kind of just left it at that,” Adams stated.