Packers Keep Randall Cobb on 4-Year Deal
A few years ago the Green Bay Packers wisely let Greg Jennings walk in free agency. At least initially, it seems the green and gold were wise to do just the opposite with Randall Cobb.
Per reports, the two sides have come to an agreement on a four-year, $40 million deal that will keep Cobb in place as a key starting wide receiver until his age 29 season. Just 24, Cobb proved to be too useful in Green Bay’s potent offense to let go on the open market.
Green Bay was originally facing the very real possibility of having to let Cobb walk, as teams like the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars could have been ready to hand him serious cash. The Packers had long been reported to be interested in holding onto the versatile slot receiver, though, and as it turns out Cobb never really intending on departing.
While some may compare Cobb’s situation to when Greg Jennings left, the situations are actually not at all the same. Cobb has stayed relatively healthy throughout his career, has a define role as Green Bay’s main weapon out of the slot and is much younger than Jennings was when he left to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. Jennings was also part of a much deeper receiving corps in Green Bay at the time, and also had a laundry list of injury ailments.
For Cobb, the decision to stay with the Packers couldn’t have been too difficult. Cobb has experience four terrific seasons and is still very much in his prime, while leaving would mean cutting ties with an excellent offense and arguably the best quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) in the entire league.
With Cobb willing to take slightly less than what may have been available to him when free agency hit on Tuesday, the Packers also must have realized that the talent behind him probably isn’t quite ready to take over just yet. Instead of thrusting the likes of Davante Adams and Jeff Janis into mammoth-sized roles by letting Cobb go, they retained him and kept their offense as strong as ever. Thanks to that wise move, GM Ted Thompson and the rest of the Packers will field the same offense they did a year ago, helping them stay in the running for yet another deep playoff run.
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