The Green Bay Packers had it all figured out.
They just re-signed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a new deal. And then they placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Davante Adams.
Adams said earlier this week that he wouldn’t play on the franchise tag in 2022, but the expectation was that Green Bay would work out a contract extension before this summer.
All good, right?
On Thursday night, the Packers shocked the entire NFL world by trading Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for “two prime 2022 picks”.
Blockbuster: Packers are trading Pro-Bowl WR Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for two prime 2022 picks, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2022
Adams is reportedly receiving a new 5-year deal worth $141.25M (average of $28.25 million per year) from the Raiders.
Davante Adams get a new contract worth $141.25M over 5 years, source say. He gets an average of $28.25 average. https://t.co/YTAxHov0Rj— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2022
This trade may seem like it came out of nowhere, but that’s not the case. Green Bay and Las Vegas have reportedly been working on this deal for several days.
The trade reunites Adams with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, his college teammate.
Throughout the offseason, it appeared that Adams and Rodgers were a package deal. That’s apparently not the case, as Adams clearly approved of this deal since the extension has already been worked out.
What does this mean for Rodgers and Green Bay?
That’s a question that we’ll hopefully see answered in the next couple of days.
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