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Aaron Rodgers’ looming retirement factored into exit from Green Bay

Questions about Adams’ current relationship with the Packers QB were prompted by comments made this week by Rodgers, who said he “can’t fault” his former teammate for making the demands that led to his eventual exodus from Green Bay. Rodgers spent much of this offseason mulling retirement before signing a three-year, $150 million extension.

Adams, who received a five-year, $141.25 million contract upon his arrival in Las Vegas, enters his next NFL chapter with a former college teammate in QB Derek Carr. The two-time All-Pro provided similarities between the two QBs while adding a distinct contrast he’s still acclimating to after spending the last eight seasons with Rodgers.

“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. Having two guys like that with really strong arms, and understand the game, the mental part of it, is another similarity that they have. They both obsess over it and they know everything that’s going on out there.”

Carr enters 2022 coming off a career-high 4,804 passing yards and 428 completions last season, leading the Raiders to their first playoff appearance in five years. In just eight seasons at the helm, the 31-year-old QB is already the Raiders’ all-time leader in passing yards, completions and passing touchdowns, but has yet to cement a true legacy without a playoff victory during his tenure.

A pass-catching talent like Adams should not only elevate Carr’s game, but also that of the entire Raiders offense in Year 1 with Josh McDaniels as head coach. Adams hopes to provide Carr with the same type of connection he had with Rodgers, which saw plenty of deep runs in the postseason.

“Lot of similarities, but much different, and I think Derek is in a position where he’s chasing to be one of those all-time greats like that, which is, like I said, that’s not a slight on Derek whatsoever; I wouldn’t be here if I was slighting Derek,” Adams said. “But I don’t think I’m ready to compare myself to Jerry Rice just yet — we’ll see when it’s all said and done or after some more time just to be fair overall — and I think the same is with Derek where we’re both chasing it and still got a lot in front of us.”

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