The craziest week in NFL free agency history continued on Thursday evening, as news broke that the Green Bay Packers traded away All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. The deal is reportedly worth $141 million over five years, at $28.25 million per year. That would have been a really tough fit for the Packers to place under their current salary cap problems.

That is especially true with Aaron Rodgers signing the four-year, $200 million deal just days prior. However, after the news of Adams’ trade was announced, ESPN NFL Nation Packers reporter Ron Demovsky provided some further insight into the matter.

According to Demovsky, Rodgers was fully aware of the developments with Adams. The Packers were reportedly willing to pay Adams the same offer that the Raiders had on the table. The Packers initially announced they wanted to slap the franchise tag on Adams. But he clapped back, refusing to play for the Packers under the tag.

Armed with that knowledge, it now makes a lot more sense why Rodgers appeared to contradict himself. Throughout the offseason, the Packers superstar quarterback had talked about winning as being his key motivation for next season and beyond. His frustration after the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers was visible. This time, he was one of the primary reasons for the team’s playoff loss.

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So, it shocked a lot of people when Rodgers suddenly accepted a deal worth $150 million over three years. It was thought that the extension would handicap the Packers‘ ability to re-sign key free agents, including Davante Adams. However, the contract was structured so that Green Bay had enough to also offer a massive deal to Adams.

However, the Pro Bowl receiver opted to go play with his college quarterback, Derek Carr. Meanwhile, Rodgers probably read the tea leaves as that was playing out with his receiver. Rodgers then might have figured that if they weren’t going to bring Adams back for a ton of money, he might as well get paid himself. He is after all the two-time defending NFL MVP and probably only has one big payday left in his career. It is also possible I am giving Rodgers far too much credit.