Packers trying to retain Cobb

The Green Bay Packers have a number of players hitting the free agent market but none more important than wide receiver Randall Cobb. ESPN has reported that Cobb is seeking an average contract in the neighborhood of $9 million dollars annually. If the Packers are unable to sign Cobb to an extension, they may utilize a one year franchise tag at $12.8 million dollars. Interestingly, Cobb’s teammate Jordy Nelson signed a four year deal worth $39 million which would put Cobb on par with his contract . Cobb produced his best numbers in 2014 catching 91 balls for 1,287 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.

Salary may be freed up if the Packers decide to cut ties with linebackers A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones. By doing so, Green Bay would be $22.5 million dollars under the salary cap. The one glitch is offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga is a free agent and will be a priority to sign. If unable to retain Cobb, the Packers will have other free agent receivers to consider including Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin, and Michael Crabtree. Cobb is a slot receiver, and likely the Packers will compare his salary to that of New England Patriot’s Julian Edelman. Edelman received a four year, $17 million dollar deal, and finished 2014 with 92 receptions, for 972 yards but only four touchdowns said poder online. One can argue that Cobb is more explosive, and importantly, produced better results than his peer Jordy Nelson in the 2014 NFL playoffs.

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