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.