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NFL news: Davante Adams says Aaron Rodgers' retirement plans played a part in his Raiders switch

Former Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams suggested Aaron Rodgers' hints at retirement helped him make the decision to move to Las Vegas.

One of the biggest moves this off-season saw Packers receiver Davante Adams switch Green Bay for Las Vegas, with the 29-year-old hoping to build something special with the Raiders.

Adams emerged as one of the best receivers in the NFL during his time at Green Bay, with his partnership with quarterback Aaron Rodgers one of the best in the league.

However, with Rodgers mulling over retirement for a few months before signing a $150million contract extension in Green Bay, the quarterback's uncertainty was enough to make Adams sniff out a new long-term project.
Rodgers recently said that he "can't fault" his former teammate for making the demands that eventually led to his exit, and Adams echoed the words of his former quarterback by suggesting the pair are still close.
"Oh, yeah. We've talked multiple times. We talked throughout the whole process, too, and he was aware of where I stood, and I was aware of where he stood," Adams said.
"We had talks just like what he said the other day. He mentioned we had talks about his future and what he thinks his duration in Green Bay or just football in general would look like, and that played into my decision, as well.
"I got aspirations of doing really, really big things and being remembered, and it just wasn't really a point in my career that I was willing to sacrifice Aaron not being there after a year or two.
"So my decision was to be here, and he respected that, he understood that it has a lot to do with where I want to raise my kids, family, being closer to home. ... We've had a lot of good talks, man. He understands where I'm coming from, I understood where he was coming from, so we kind of just left it at that."
Adams, who signed a five-year $141.25million deal with the Raiders, will now partner up with former college QB Derek Carr, who enters the new season off the back of his best NFL campaign with 4,804 passing yards and 428 completions.
The 31-year-old QB is already the Raiders' all-time leader in passing yards, completions and passing touchdowns, but will want to lead the side on a play-off charge - with Adams that may well be possible.
And Adams spoke highly of his new QB on arrival, suggesting there wasn't much different in quality between Rodgers and Carr.
"As far as talent and ability, it's really similar, if I'm keeping it real," Adams said.
"They throw the ball a lot different. Derek's gonna fire it in there, and you gonna know that thing's coming quick. Aaron's got the ability to tighten that core up and flick that ball to you.
"So the release is a lot different, but being able to get the ball to you late, if they see you coming out of a break, not many quarterbacks can get it to you before you get to the sideline if you're outside the numbers already."
If the Raiders are to piece together a run for the play-offs this season, they'll want to start brightly against the LA Chargers in their opening match - taking place on September 11.

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