Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17) against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL world has seen a lot of shocking news in recent days as free agency and trades have changed the landscape of the league. That was certainly the case again Thursday evening with it was reported that the Green Bay Packers have traded star wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for draft picks and a player just days after finalizing a contract extension with Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers had made it clear on many occasions that he wanted to see the Packers invest in playmakers and especially do what they could to keep Adams in-house. Team brass reiterated their intention to keep both superstars as well. Rodgers officially signed a four-year extension with the Packers last week and the team reportedly was set to franchise-tag Adams as they tried to work out a deal. However, it sounds like the two sides couldn’t come to terms, leading to this trade.

Many immediately started to wonder if Rodgers was regretting his extension or would blow a gasket upon finding out that his star playmaker was headed elsewhere.

Surprisingly, it was soon reported afterward that not only was Rodgers aware of the Adams situation before he signed his contract but he has been in the loop the whole time. Also, it sounds as though the issue was less about the Packers being unable to pay the wideout but that he simply wanted a fresh start as well as a chance to play with Fresno State teammate Derek Carr.


That seems to be at odds with everything Rodgers has said up until this point. Based on that, you’d assume that he’d just decide to start fresh with the Denver Broncos. However, if the truth is that Aaron always just wanted the biggest contract possible and didn’t ever intend to leave Wisconsin, then he got what he wanted. And the fact that he signed knowing that Adams was probably gone certainly gives that theory credence.

More to come on this story for sure, especially as we hear from Adams, Rodger, and their respective teams.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.