Aaron Rodgers will be without his longtime #1 option, Davante Adams, next season.
After Adams informed the Packers that he had no intention of playing under the franchise tag next year, it was reported on Thursday afternoon that Green Bay had agreed to a deal with the Raiders for the star receiver.
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) March 17, 2022
Shortly after the bombshell news was revealed, Aaron Rodgers’ retirement was back trending (even though he announced last week that he had worked out a contract to remain the QB for the foreseeable future).
You should retire now, I would be so mad at your franchise, he was your favorite teammate!!! I fully support your retirement as a packers fan who speaks for everyone! @AaronRodgers12
— 🦌🏆💍 (@SnellSZN) March 17, 2022
Breaking: Aaron Rodgers considering retirement
— TickPick (@TickPick) March 17, 2022
Aaron Rodgers going into retirement. pic.twitter.com/O5YA1ECw2k
— 10,000 Takes (@10k_Takes) March 17, 2022
Aaron Rodgers at his surprise retirement press conference tomorrow morning pic.twitter.com/4aSlBf8xLN
— Paul Williams (@FiftyGutBlog) March 17, 2022
Aaron Rodgers bout to demand his way out of GB & into retirement pic.twitter.com/l3vbWTxMKg
— Landon Holifield ✭ (@TheLandoShow) March 17, 2022
Aaron Rodgers retirement inbound. pic.twitter.com/bxZBKLt44j
— Z-Bot (@zacb22) March 17, 2022
To the contrary of all the reports, NFL insider Ian Rapoport said that the Packers had told Aaron Rodgers about their plans for Davante Adams well before he inked his extension — making sure he wasn’t blindsided by a potential deal.
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“While Aaron Rodgers was negotating his contract, he knew Davante Adams would never play for the #Packers again. The situation was too far gone. Something had to give. And when Adams informed GB he wasn’t playing on the tag, talks got fired up. Now, Adams will be on the #Raiders,” he tweeted.
So while Aaron Rodgers will remain the QB in Green Bay, it’s hard to imagine the offense being anywhere near as dynamic without Davante Adams at the #1 receiver position.