Nature of the beast, I guess you would say.
We’ve talked about Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb’s contract. It’s larger than what it should be and he hasn’t lived up to it.
Still, the Packers will seemingly be counting on Cobb this season as, at this point, he’s the only other truly viable receiver not named Davante Adams.
That being the case, Cobb doesn’t sound too certain about his future. Especially since the Packers dispatched Jordy Nelson.
“There was nothing for me (to do). I didn’t know what was going to happen, and even at this point, I still don’t know. I mean, I’ve seen guys leave right before the season starts,” Cobb said. “You’re never in the clear. I think there’s always, you always have to have some kind of fear of something happening. Anything can happen, whether it be in the middle of the season being traded, or being cut at any given time. That’s the nature of the business that we’re in.”
Surely, the Packers aren’t going to cut Cobb. Everyone from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to coach Mike McCarthy to general manager Brian Gutekunst still speaks glowingly about Cobb.
However, Cobb has only put up 600-odd receiving yards the past two seasons. Cobb will only be 28 in August, so there’s still time to amp up that production.
The reality is Cobb is entering the final year of his contract. The last time that was the case he put up more than 1,200 yards. That earned him a four-year, $40 million deal.
Regardless of what he does in 2018, another deal like that seems unlikely. The Packers will likely be looking to bring Cobb back on a more reasonable contract. Or they may not be looking to bring him back at all. The team just drafted three receivers and if you can’t put up numbers with Aaron Rodgers, who can you put them up with?
He will be back. No way the packers roll into the season with one proven veteran, maybe two if you count Jimmy Graham as a receiver.