It will be quite odd seeing Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews in different uniforms but that doesn’t diminish their accomplishments as Packers. Cobb was one of Aaron Rodgers most reliable targets for the last eight seasons and Matthews eventually climbed his way up to the franchise lead in sacks. Both were a part of some memorable wins over the last decade but most importantly they upheld what it means to be a Packer.
Cobb’s departure might hurt a little more seeing that he signed a one year deal to join the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were in desperate need of a second option outside of Amari Cooper and they have an opening in their slot with Cole Beasley now longer around.
Injuries eventually got the best of Cobb before it was time for Green Bay to move in a different direction. He failed to reach 1000 yards receiving over the last four seasons after a breakout year of 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. Still, Cobb was an energetic and emotional player and fans won’t forget his 75-yard go-ahead touchdown to beat the Chicago Bears in week one. Or his 48-yard game-winner against the Bears to send Green Bay to the playoffs in 2013.
Looking back, he truly was the definition of clutch.
Meanwhile, Matthews is traveling home to Los Angeles to play for the Rams on a surprisingly lucrative two-year deal. For those who can’t remember, or maybe forgot, he was one of the most dangerous defensive players in the NFL during his beginning years. So good he actually won Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
However, age and injuries diminished Matthews’ effectiveness to a point he would go missing throughout the course of most games. He recorded just 22.5 sacks over the past four seasons after racking up 42.5 in his first four. Despite his downslide of production, Lambeau still roared at the sight of a Matthews flex after a momentum-swinging sack.
2019 is the start of a new chapter in the eyes of general manager Brian Gutekunst. The Packers are moving on with two new free agent edge rushers that received big paydays to replace Matthews and Nick Perry. They also appear to be comfortable enough to part ways with a proven veteran and move forward with the three receivers they took during last year’s draft.
Instead of wallowing in the glory day’s here’s a final farewell to two Packers legends.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.