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Sources — Green Bay Packers trading Davante Adams to Las Vegas Raiders


GREEN BAY, Wis. — It seems Aaron Rodgers‘ return to the Green Bay Packers did not imply the identical factor for Davante Adams. Simply days after Rodgers signed his blockbuster contract extension to return, Adams, his favourite goal, left city in a commerce with the Las Vegas Raiders, sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.

The Raiders are sending the Packers their first-round choose (No. 22 total) and second-round choose (No. 53) on this yr’s draft, sources instructed Schefter. That provides the Packers 4 picks within the high 60; in addition they personal picks Nos. 28 and 59.

Adams, 29, is signing a five-year contract averaging $28.5 million per season with Las Vegas, a supply stated. Rodgers was conscious of the developments with Adams, who most popular to play elsewhere somewhat than return to Green Bay for a contract and pay construction just like his take care of the Raiders, a supply stated.

The commerce reunites Adams with Derek Carr, his quarterback at Fresno State earlier than they entered the NFL collectively in 2014, and in addition offers Carr a No. 1 receiver in his prime.

The Raiders’ odds to win the Tremendous Bowl improved barely after the commerce, transferring from 60-1 to 50-1 at Caesars Sportsbook. Las Vegas is 25-1 to win the AFC and has the fourth-best odds to win the AFC West at 7-1.

Green Bay dropped from 11-1 to 12-1 to win the Tremendous Bowl, however nonetheless owns the second-best odds within the NFC behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-1).

The Packers had used the franchise tag on Adams final week, however now they’re free from that $20.14 million cost on their wage cap.

Nonetheless, Green Bay now could be in main want on the receiver spot. Two of the receivers of their rotation final season are free brokers: deep risk Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. The Bears signed St. Brown on Thursday, however now the Packers have cap area to convey again Valdes-Scantling in the event that they select. Additionally they put the second-round tender on restricted free-agent receiver Allen Lazard. Randall Cobb additionally returned to the Packers however with a large pay lower from $7.875 to $2.075 million.

At this level, the Packers’ high receivers on their depth chart are Lazard, Cobb, Amari Rodgers and Malik Taylor. However now they’ve the cap area and draft capital to rebuild the place. They haven’t drafted a receiver within the first spherical since 2002, after they picked Javon Walker at No. 20 total.

Adams was by no means going to play on the franchise tag, and late final season he selected his phrases fastidiously when discussing the likelihood, saying on the time: “I’m not sure how to answer that safely right now. So, we’ll just cross that bridge when we get to it. I’ll just say that. I like to be professional on here.”

Adams’ commerce to the Raiders ends probably the most profitable quarterback-receiver partnership in Packers’ historical past. Rodgers and Adams personal the Packers’ file for many profession touchdowns by a QB-WR mixture with 68, breaking Rodgers and Jordy Nelson’s earlier mark of 65.

Last summer time, Adams made no secret of his need to be the NFL’s highest-paid receiver. The Packers agreed, however the sides couldn’t agree on what outlined the highest-paid receiver. Adams and his agent, Frank Bauer, estimated the usual is $27.75 million per yr, the common in Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins‘ contract.

Nonetheless, the Packers view Hopkins’ common as nearer to $20 million per yr, provided that his most up-to-date deal was an extension to his earlier contract (5 years, $81 million). The added cash was $54.5 million over two extra years.

So Adams performed out the season and had maybe his greatest yr, setting the single-season franchise file for catches (123) and receiving yards (1,553) final season. He turned simply the sixth participant in NFL historical past with 120-plus catches, 1,500-plus yards and eleven-plus landing catches in the identical season and is the one participant in NFL historical past with three seasons (2018, 2020-21) of 110-plus catches, 1,350-plus receiving yards and eleven-plus receiving TDs.

Adams is probably the most achieved wideout Carr may have had in his eight-year profession.

Carr has performed with gifted receivers in earlier years, however Amari Cooper was nonetheless early in his profession whereas Michael Crabtree’s greatest days had been behind him. Each fell out of favor with Carr. Then there was Antonio Brown, whose self-imposed implosion acquired him launched earlier than ever showing in a regular-season recreation. Henry Ruggs III was beginning to come into his personal final season earlier than he was concerned in a high-speed automotive crash that killed a 23-year-old lady in Las Vegas; Ruggs was lower.

Now with Adams within the fold, as long as the Raiders’ offensive line improves, Carr shouldn’t have any excuses to not thrive.

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez and David Purdum contributed to this report.



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