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Raiders Reportedly Want Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

The free agent rumor mill is heating up and one guy whose name you should expect to hear a lot of about is Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb.

The Packers want to re-sign Cobb, but Cobb wants $9 million per season. The Packers can make that work, but would probably have to sacrifice in other areas.

One team that can make that work with no problem is the Oakland Raiders and their nearly $50 million in available cap space. And if Cobb hits the open market, the Raiders are expected to make a run.

The Raiders signed former Packers receiver James Jones last offseason. They also have former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson. Not that there’s a pipeline of players from Green Bay to Oakland, but former Packers personnel exec Reggie McKenzie is the Raiders general manager. He’s familiar with a lot of guys on the Packers roster.

Of course, Cobb is a top-tier free agent any way you look at it.

There probably isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t want him, so it’s not as if Oakland and McKenzie are working off some inside information. They just have a boatload of money to spend and will probably be willing to overpay if given the opportunity.

In other words, the Packers can’t afford to get into a bidding war with the Raiders for Cobb. If they don’t re-sign him before free agency begins, they might have a problem getting a deal done.

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5 Comments

  1. Kozak February 24, 2015

    If Cobb decides to go to the Raiders he will make a worse decision then Jennings did with the Queens.

  2. rebelgb February 24, 2015

    Cobb is a smart guy, literally, the guy is smart. I dont see him risking a chance at a SB for a few extra Mill. But money does do strange things to people.

    I hope they can lock him up first….

  3. Vijay February 25, 2015

    Take the money, everybody…especially receivers, are replaceable pieces… Except for QB1.

    I’d spend more money on defensive and special teams players.

  4. Howard February 25, 2015

    Several teams beside the Raiders will be after Cobb if he hits the market. I do not know if Ted will overpay. I do know right after a good number 1 receiver, and O- line, a good slot receiver is needed to stress defensive backs. Several times this year it was clear there would be no way the opposing teams third CB would be able to matchup with Cobb. I would like to see that clear advantage to remain on the team.

  5. Shawn Neuser February 25, 2015

    I don’t think the Packers will let Cobb walk.
    That being said, the Packers COULD afford to let Cobb walk. They just would have to be willing to change their offense.
    Obviously, no more Cobb in the backfield, and the slot WR position would be greatly minimized.
    But what the Packers could do is draft a TE in the first round- a playmaker like Maxx Williams.
    Then you go with more two TE, two WR sets with the TEs working the middle of the field, and you run the football, of course.