According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Green Bay Packers are aware that WR Randall Cobb‘s asking price is likely to get “get out of hand,” and the team has reportedly moved on to other free agents.
- La Canfora says that the Packers are continuing to work on a new contract for RT Bryan Bulaga, and he ultimately expects to two parties to reach an agreement.
- La Canfora can also see the Packers keeping NT Letroy Guion, despite his recent legal issues.
The main takeaway here is the news that Packers have reportedly put negotiations with Cobb on the backburner.
Cobb is really one of the more interesting free agents in this year’s class given that there will be a ton of interest from cap-rich teams like the Raiders, Browns and Jaguars that it could prove to be impossible for the Packers to offer him a market-value contract.
Beyond that, he plays in the slot where teams have been reluctant to pay players big money.
ESPN’s Bill Williamson reported earlier in the week that there’s buzz around the league that the Raiders plan to make a serious run at Cobb if he ends up being available.
Rob Demovsky previously mentioned that Cobb is seeking a contract that would pay him an annual salary of $9 million, and other reports have said as much, so it really wouldn’t be surprising to see him end up with a similar deal to what Jordy Nelson received last year.
Cobb, 24, played out his four-year, $3,209,421 rookie contract and is clearly in position for a sizable raise this offseason.
In 2014, Cobb caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. He also contributed as the team’s punt returner this year. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 wide receiver out of 110 qualifying players.
We have Cobb listed as the No. 11 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.