Why a Randall Cobb Reunion Won’t Happen

Is there any chance the Green Bay Packers will reunite with former wide receiver Randall Cobb? ESPN’s Rob Demovsky was one of the first beat writers to argue in favor of resigning the soon to be a 30-year-old wideout. Check out his take here. However, while a Cobb reunion would be an interesting story, I doubt the Packers are entertaining the idea. In fact, I feel quite confident they aren’t thinking about it at all.

When Green Bay let Cobb walk after the 2018 season, the receiver disclosed that he wasn’t offered a new deal by the team. Considering his fall in production, it’s not hard to see why.

Following Cobb’s breakout campaign in 2014, where he had 91 receptions, 1,287 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns, he failed to reach at least 80 receptions, 900 yards, or even seven touchdowns over the next four seasons. Meanwhile, he missed 11 games over the span, including seven games during his final season with the Packers.

Cobb was once a highly effective player, his quickness and savvy route running made him a game-changing threat from the slot. But, as time wore on, his 2014 season appeared to be just lightning in a bottle.

So, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys, and last year, Cobb had his best season since 2015. As the Cowboys slot, he hauled in 55 receptions for 828 yards and three touchdowns. Solid numbers, but nothing to write home about in what was the number one offense in 2019.

There’s no denying that Cobb will continue to be a solid player or the fact that Green Bay is in dire need of another weapon for Aaron Rodgers. That said, this is still very much a ‘been there, done that’ situation.

If general manager Brian Gutekunst had no desire to bring back Cobb a year ago, I highly doubt much has changed. Gutekunst has done a nice job constructing the roster his way, and Cobb is not one of his guys. Plus, there will be a surplus of talent at wide receiver in the upcoming draft, and there will be younger options in free agency.

Also, one of the biggest underlying factors is the new head coach in Dallas, Mike McCarthy. Cobb had his best years playing for his former head coach and is likely intrigued more by that reunion at his new home rather than a return to his old stomping grounds. Both sides would have to agree, of course, but I believe Cobb will play at least one more year in Dallas.


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.



7 thoughts on “Why a Randall Cobb Reunion Won’t Happen

    1. then who you gonna get? Too many holes to fill them all. We gonna draft all the help we gonna need? Not convinced Gute can draft!

      1. If ILB, RT and TE (would be nice, not needed) is addressed in FA, then the draft can fill 2 we positions very easily

  1. I think Gute learned his lesson in his first year of being a GM that signing older vets (think Graham) doesn’t work nearly as well as signing FA’s in their prime (think the Smith Brothers). Cobb is one year away from being done and Gute’s long term vision is to bring in younger WR’s so we wish Cobb well in his final year and thankfully its not taking away snaps from the new WR’s that Gute will be bringing in.

  2. For someone to say that Cobb is one season away from being done is crazy. For one you don’t know him and the kind of person or player he is. I can bet you that Rodgers wish he had him this past season. Because you didn’t have any other receiver besides Adam’s. So, I guess your GM did learn a lesson. Cobb put up better numbers than 5 receivers combined out of the slot that you’ll had.

  3. Cobb, last year or this year, WOULD BE the #2 receiver on this team…How can Gute not be interested..He is a Rodgers favorite. He has chemistry w Rodgers. I will take that over a lot of rec. we have now. We saw first hand last year how good this core isn’t. No matter who is drafted or bring in, will NOT have that chemistry w Rodgers. BTW the only good receiver we have is someone w chemistry with Rodgers. Also Aaron Jones has been here a while w Rodgers. Grahan has go to go. Bulaga, see you later..Martinez, bye bye, Add some FA at ILB, DL, and WR..

    Draft DL, LB, WR, TE position is ok for now. Let the kids play. With saving in cap space by cutting those 3 along w what we have, should allow us to re-sign our other key FA’s w more flexibility!! Gute you listening! Please!!

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