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National media outlet throws some major shade at Packers and they might be right

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CBS Sports threw some shade at the Green Bay Packers this week and it might be justified.

And the Packers were one of the three teams he named.

From CBS Sports:

Don’t feel bad for Aaron Rodgers. Life is largely good for Rodgers after the reigning two-time league MVP penned a record-setting contract extension earlier this offseason. That being said, it’s never easy to lose your top receiver, especially one as good as Adams, who enjoyed a prolific partnership with Rodgers during their eight seasons together.

With Adams gone, the Packers are hoping for several things to fall in their favor. They’ll need Randall Cobb to stay healthy after the veteran missed five games in 2021. Green Bay is also hoping that Sammy Watkins, who is coming off two largely disappointing seasons, can return to his 2019 form that saw him help the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to make a pass against the Lions during the first half on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at Ford Field.

I’m sure Green Bay will be fine in 2022. They have Aaron Rodgers, after all. The Packers will likely win the NFC North and then who knows what will happen in the playoffs.

But you have to wonder about their offseason thinking. They clearly viewed wide receiver Davante Adams as an extremely valuable part of the team. Green Bay was reportedly going to pay him more than the Las Vegas Raiders ended up paying him (Adams just preferred to play with Derek Carr in Vegas).

NFL teams don’t pay players unless they think they’re vital to their success. That means the Packers thought Adams was necessary to their goal of winning a championship.

With Adams gone, who fills that role? It’s not fair to ask free agent addition Sammy Watkins to be that guy — that’s just not who he is as a wide receiver.

The answer is there is no one. Green Bay didn’t get Rodgers a replacement for Adams. So in that aspect, it’s fair to say that they didn’t do enough to help their future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Will that come back to haunt them?

It’s too early to know, but it certainly has to be a concern.

Featured image via Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Ragan
I write about sports stuff. Long-suffering Mets fan from the south. You can complain about me on Twitter at @zachTNT

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