Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com writes that Brandon Marshall‘s the recent contract extension with the Bears could end up having an impact on negotiations between the Packers and WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Marshall signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension that included over $23 million guaranteed. This means his annual base salary will be $11.194 million in the coming years.
Both Nelson and Cobb are entering the final year of their respective contracts and are clearly very important the Packers offense, even after they drafted multiple receivers this year.
It’s worth mentioning that both Nelson and Cobb are younger than Marshall, which could impact their asking price as well, but there is no question that they are both in for sizable raises at some point in the near future.
Nelson, 28, signed a four-year contract worth $13.9 million that included just $5 million guaranteed with the Packers back in 2011. Nelson is set to make just $2.55 million this year.
Nelson’s three-year average stats include 67 receptions for 1,107 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns and that’s despite being four games due to injury and playing a seven-game stretch with guys like Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn throwing him the ball.
Nelson could end up being paid as a top-five receiver, and possibly come close to the contract signed by Vincent Jackson who received a five-year deal worth $55 million that included $26 million guaranteed.
Cobb, 23, will make just $812,648 for the 2014 season. He missed a number of games with a leg fracture last year, but in 2012, he caught 80 passes for 954 yards receiving and scored eight touchdowns.
Demovsky mentions that the fact that Cobb primarily plays in the slot could ultimately impact his asking price.
Green Bay currently has $14,932,739 in available cap space to work with.