Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb was on the NFL Network on Tuesday and the main topic of conversation was his contract.
Cobb will be playing out the final year of his rookie deal in 2014. That’s bad news for the Packers because they have pretty much zero leverage.
If Cobb hits the open market, he’s going to break the bank. He’s only 23 and is already one of the top playmakers in the league. What’s more is both Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin are also scheduled to be free agents after the 2014 season. Oh, and James Jones will be a free agent next month.
The Packers could literally have none of the receivers on their roster that they finished 2013 with after the 2014 season. We doubt that will happen, as both Cobb and Nelson will be priorities for extensions, but it’s possible at this point.
So Cobb was asked if he’s heard from the Packers about a new contract. He hasn’t, but that isn’t surprising since the organization has far more pressing matters with their current free agent class.
However, Cobb made it clear he’d like to get paid sooner rather than later.
“I would definitely love [to sign a long-term extension],” he said. “But unfortunately that won’t be my decision. That will be on the team to come to me with that decision.”
“I would love to get it out the way and not to have to worry about any of the conversations or answering any questions during the season that would take away from what we’re trying to do as a football team.”
The Packers would be wise to get Cobb’s extension out of the way this summer. If they don’t, there’s a good chance they’re going to end up paying him a much higher salary after the season ends.
Dude is coming off a broken leg. He doesn’t need to get paid. He needs to slow his roll.
If they don’t pay him this year, there’s a very good chance he’ll have his breakout campaign in ’14 and they’ll have to pay him a whole lot more. It’s not like he’s actually injury prone and he’s already a respected leader, best good friends with Rodgers, and seems to be quite fond of the organization. Pretty much all of this (except young) applies to Jordy as well.
Pay the men.
Of course, Cobb needs to get paid. He’s better than any of the current group of roster filler (and Shields) up for renewal. Jordy Nelson is too and he’s in a walk year.
But, with mediocrities like AJ Hawk STILL eating up over $5 million in cap space for the next two years there’s only so much to go around. Cobb’s going to get extended after the draft, camp and just before or soon after the 2014 regular season begins just like Greg Jennings did on his extension.
Pay the man.
Much rather have Cobb than Shields, or Raji.
Jones is gone. Nelson and Cobb should get a contract extension and Boykin might as well.
get him signed now and the cost won’t be near what it will be later. I’m thinking after the draft and before the season starts Cobb will get his contract. Jordy too.
Randall is the type of black guy this organization needs. He is actually intelligent and well spoken, plus the guys got game.
Pay the man.