Sep 20, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17) following the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers: Packers trading Davante Adams ‘surprising’

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted he was surprised after the Green Bay Packers traded two-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason.

A four-time NFL MVP, Rodgers was making in his first public comments since the trade on March 18 while speaking during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

“It was a little surprising with Davante — obviously when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was going to come back,” Rodgers said. “I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I saw my career going, as far as how many years I want to play. But I felt like he was going to be back, didn’t obviously turn out that way, but I have so much love for ‘Tae and appreciate the time we spent together and definitely wish him the best and Derek (Carr) in Vegas. But that’s a big hole to fill.”

The Packers shuffled Adams to the Raiders for first- and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Green Bay used the first-round pick, No. 22 overall, on Thursday night to select Georgia linebacker Quay Walker.

Adams, 29, posted career highs of 123 receptions (second in NFL) and 1,553 yards (third) in 2021 in 16 games (all starts). He caught 11 touchdown passes. He had 73 career TD passes in eight seasons with the Packers, earning five Pro Bowl appearances.

The loss of Adams was magnified even greater in Green Bay after the team saw wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling sign with the Kansas City Chiefs the following week.

Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and offseason addition Sammy Watkins are the top wideouts on the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders’ Derek Carr agrees to 3-year, $121.5M extension

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $121.5 million, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The reported deal includes a no-trade clause for Carr, who had one season remaining on a five-year, $125 million extension he signed in 2017. He will be tied to the Raiders through the 2025 season.

Carr will be reunited with offseason acquisition Davante Adams, who was acquired from the Green Bay Packers on March 18. The two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl wideout played with Carr at Fresno State.

The Raiders finished 10-7 in 2021 and lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-19, in an AFC wild-card game. On the season, Carr completed 428 passes for 4,804 yards, both career highs, and threw for 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Now 31, Carr was the No. 36 overall selection (second round) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In eight seasons as the Raiders’ starter, Carr has a 57-70 record and has thrown for 31,700 yards with 193 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times.

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Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) walks off the field after a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Packers trade WR Davante Adams to Raiders

The Green Bay Packers are trading two-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for a package that includes at least a first-round pick in this year’s draft, ESPN and NFL Network reported Thursday.

Adams also gets a new five-year contract from the Raiders worth $141.25 million, making him the highest-paid wideout and non-quarterback in the NFL, per the reports. It has an average annual value of $28.25 million per year.

Among receivers, that tops Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins, whose on-paper average salary is $27.3 million per season. It shatters the total value of Amari Cooper’s $100 million contract.

The Packers get a second pick in this year’s draft, per ESPN. NFL Network reports a player could be headed to Green Bay in the deal as well.

Adams was given the franchise designation by the Packers, blocking his path to unrestricted free agency with a one-year deal that would pay him more than $20 million for 2022.

But Adams informed the Packers he would not play under the franchise designation, with NFL Network reporting that Adams — who leads NFL wideouts in catches, yards and TD receptions since 2016 — grew frustrated last summer with long-term contract negotiations with the Green Bay front office. The same report stated that quarterback Aaron Rodgers knew of Adams’ discontent and the ensuing trade discussions before restructuring his deal with the Packers this month.

Adams, 29, posted career highs of 123 receptions (second in NFL) and 1,553 yards (third) in 2021 in 16 games (all starts). He caught 11 touchdown passes. He has 73 career TD passes in eight seasons with the Packers, earning five Pro Bowl appearances.

–Field Level Media

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Franchise tag roundup: Davante Adams, 4 more tagged by deadline

Just like his MVP quarterback, Packers wide receiver Davante Adams’ future is also in Green Bay.

The Packers used the franchise tag to retain Adams, hours after Aaron Rodgers confirmed he would return for the 2022 season. Adams was one of five NFL players to receive the tag Tuesday before the 4 p.m. ET deadline and one of eight in all.

Adams exceeds the franchise tag tender value for wide receivers and would make more than $20 million in 2022 under the tender. Because his cap hit was almost $16.8 million in 2021, his franchise number is $20.1 million.

The Packers and Adams are reportedly “not close” to a long-term contract. Adams openly insisted he should be the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver, a contract general manager Brian Gutekunst said the All-Pro deserves. The sides have until the July 15 deadline to reach a long-term deal.

Adams has 669 receptions with the Packers, including 123 in 2021 and 115 in 2020 while playing just 14 games that season. He has 29 touchdown catches the past two seasons.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the franchise tag to keep wideout Chris Godwin for the second consecutive year. The two sides can negotiate a long-term deal by July 15 under the terms of the tag.

Last March, the Buccaneers applied the “non-exclusive” franchise tag on Godwin, meaning he was able to discuss a contract with other teams. Tampa Bay retained the right to match any contract offer.

Godwin, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury, would earn approximately $19.2 million on the tag in 2022 if the two sides can’t work out a long-term deal.

The 26-year-old Godwin caught a career-high 98 passes for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 starts in 2021. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Godwin is expected to miss training camp and preseason, but he could be back for the start of the regular season barring complications in his recovery.

–Tight end Dalton Schultz was tagged by the Dallas Cowboys, guaranteeing his 2022 salary at $10.931 million.

Schultz, 25, was a fourth-round pick in 2018 and caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season. The Cowboys are uncertain whether fellow tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) will be available to start the 2022 season.

The Cowboys also announced that they created $22 million in cap space by restructuring the contracts of quarterback Dak Prescott and offensive guard Zack Martin as the new league year approaches. The team saved $15 million on Prescott’s deal and $7 million on Martin’s by converting a portion of their 2022 salary into a signing bonus.

Prescott had a passer rating of 120.0 when targeting Schultz since 2020, according to the Cowboys.

–The Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on tight end Mike Gesicki.

Like Schultz with the Cowboys and David Njoku with the Cleveland Browns, Gesicki will make $10.931 million in 2022 salary once the tender offer is signed.

Gesicki, 26, recorded career-high totals in both catches (73) and receiving yards (780) to go along with two touchdowns in 17 games last season. Gesicki has 199 catches for 2,255 yards and 13 touchdowns in 64 career games since being selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars placed the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson for the second consecutive season.

Robinson, 26, will earn $16.66 million under the tender unless the sides can reach a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline. Robinson earned $13.754 million under the tag last season.

Robinson has started all 61 games he has played for the Jaguars since they selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Davante Adams (17) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter during their football game Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The touchdown Adams ahead of Jordy Nelsons for touchdown receptions from Rodgers.Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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With franchise QB silent, Packers WR Davante Adams expects tag

With the future of his MVP quarterback up in the air, it appears Packers wide receiver Davante Adams’ future is in Green Bay.

The Packers are planning to use the franchise tag to retain Adams, according to reports, with the two sides “not close” to a long-term contract. Adams openly insisted he should be the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver, a contract general manager Brian Gutekunst said the All-Pro deserves.

However, the definition of highest paid and how Adams’ deal would fit with any potential contract arrangement with Aaron Rodgers are factors that contribute to Green Bay using the franchise tag.

Adams, 29, said last summer he isn’t offering any “hometown discounts” to remain with the Packers.

The deadline for the tag to be applied is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. If given the exclusive franchise tag, Adams would not be permitted to speak with other teams.

Adams had 669 receptions with the Packers, including 123 in 2021 and 115 in 2020 while playing just 14 games that season. He has 29 touchdown catches the past two seasons.

Adams, like Rodgers, also has voiced dissatisfaction with the front office. Rodgers, before returning to the Packers at the start of training camp last summer, reportedly mocked Gutekunst in a group text with teammates and called him Jerry Krause, a reference to the late Chicago Bulls general manager who was seen as a villain in the Michael Jordan docuseries, “The Last Dance.”

In July, Adams and Rodgers posted identical Instagram story photos of Jordan and Scottie Pippen, perhaps a reference at the time to their unhappiness with their team’s handling of contract issues.

Adams exceeds the franchise tag tender value for wide receivers and would make more than $20 million in 2022. Because his cap hit was almost $16.8 million in 2021, his franchise number is $20.1 million.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins signed a two-year, $54.5 million contract that would appear to imply an average annual salary of $27.25 million. But based on payouts and bonuses, his deal is closer to a three-year, $60.1 million deal according to Spotrac.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in action against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (toe) misses practice again

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not practice on Thursday due to what he has referred to as a fractured toe.

Rodgers, who also missed practice on Wednesday, is expected to play for the Packers (8-3) on Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Rams (7-3).

The reigning NFL MVP has thrown for 2,571 yards with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions in 10 games this season.

While Rodgers was a no-go on Thursday, star wide receiver Davante Adams was a full participant. Adams was listed as limited on Wednesday as he deals with an ankle injury.

Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), wide receiver Malik Taylor (abdomen), tight end Marcedes Lewis (rest) and cornerback Kevin King (hip, knee) did not practice on Thursday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) runs with the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Davante Adams out of COVID-19 protocols, back with Packers

Davante Adams is out of COVID-19 protocols and will return Sunday for the Green Bay Packers, giving quarterback Jordan Love a key weapon at wide receiver.

Adams has been cleared to play Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs — just as quarterback Aaron Rodgers went on the reserve/COVID-19 list. It will be the first career start for Love, who has seven career pass attempts.

Also set to return for Green Bay is defensive coordinator Joe Barry, who missed last week’s win over the Arizona Cardinals after a positive COVID-19 test. Adams also missed the contest.

“It’s great to see those guys,” coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday. “They’re fired up to be back. It’s a huge benefit to this team.”

Adams, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and 2020 All-Pro, is having another stellar season in 2021, posting 52 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.

Adams has 598 catches for 7,312 yards and 65 touchdowns in 107 games (100 starts) since the Packers drafted him in the second round in 2014 out of Fresno State.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after a play during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19, out vs. Chiefs

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s road game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports.

NFL Network reported Rodgers will sit out the game against the Chiefs because he is unvaccinated, which means he’s sidelined 10 days as a result of the positive test.

Jordan Love, 23, jumps to the head of the line to make his first career NFL start in place of Rodgers.

Green Bay is scheduled to host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 (Nov. 14). According to reports, Rodgers would first be able to return to the team Nov. 13.

The Packers played without wide receiver Davante Adams and fellow wide receiver Allen Lazard last Thursday due to COVID-19. Adams has yet to be cleared to return.

Rodgers overcame the absences to throw two touchdown passes in Green Bay’s 24-21 victory over the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals. The Packers (7-1) have won seven in a row since a season-opening 38-3 shellacking by the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 12.

Rodgers, 37, has thrown for 1,894 yards with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Rodgers’ entire 17-year career has been with the Packers. He has passed for 53,139 yards and 429 touchdowns, and he won a Super Bowl ring with the franchise at the end of the 2010 season.

Love has completed 5 of 7 passes for 68 yards in limited work this season. That has been his lone regular-season action since the Packers selected him with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates after the Packers made a field goal to win the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers WR Davante Adams (COVID) out Thursday

Green Bay star Davante Adams will not clear COVID-19 protocols in time for Thursday night’s game at unbeaten Arizona, NFL Network reported.

The wide receiver did not travel with the Packers (6-1) for the showdown with the Cardinals (7-0) in Glendale, Ariz.

Adams, 28, landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after testing positive. He needed to return two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play.

Adams, a four-time Pro Bowler and 2020 All-Pro, is having another stellar season in 2021, posting 52 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.

He has 598 catches for 7,312 yards and 65 touchdowns in 107 games (100 starts) since the Packers drafted him in the second round in 2014.

–Field Level Media