Michael Lombardi says the Green Bay Packers are shopping receiver Randall Cobb. Now Ian Rapoport says they are not.
Rapoport claims it’s the other way around. That teams have inquired about Cobb, but the Packers aren’t expected to trade him.
Saw this referenced on @ringer. It’s normal for teams to inquire about players entering the last year of their contract. I know of some that checked on Randall Cobb. But the #Packers are not shopping him & expect him contributing on their team. https://t.co/A489Swjael
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2018
It would make plenty of sense if the Packers were shopping Cobb. There would be a massive salary cap savings and it would allow them to keep one of the young receivers they would otherwise have to cut.
On the other hand, without Cobb, Davante Adams would be the only proven veteran on the roster.
And yes, after the Packers released Jordy Nelson this offseason, Aaron Rodgers would probably be pissed to see Cobb go. The guy did stand up in his wedding for god’s sake.
Cobb hasn’t approached his 2014 numbers in the three seasons since. However, that was a contract year and Cobb — like many guys coincidentally do — balled out. Cobb is again in a contract year, so maybe he’ll explode again this season.
Whether that happens or not, I now have a hard time seeing Cobb with the Packers after this season. The team has been taking a look at DeAngelo Yancey and Equanimeous St. Brown in Cobb’s traditional slot position this preseason. If he could get on the field, you’d have to think they’d take a look at Trevor Davis there, as well.
None of these guys have the resume of Cobb, but they were all draft picks and you would think the Packers would give them a chance to contribute at some point. And perhaps more importantly, they are all much, much cheaper than Cobb.
Don’t think that won’t play a factor.
For now, we will assume Randall Cobb is sticking around for at least the 2018 season. If that is the case, hopefully he stays healthy and earns himself another payday, whether in Green Bay or elsewhere.