Packers XLV

Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

Posted March 5th, 2015 @ 10:03pm

As the clock ticks down to free agency, we Packer fans get set for the annual game of March fantasy football, where big names move to new teams and there is much excitement in cities like Oakland, Jacksonville and Washington. We Packer fans will sit and watch and know that the biggest Packer news will be the signing of guys like Josh Francus, the Pack's newest linebacker--late of the Indoor and Canadian Football Leagues.

What we all care most about is the fate of one Randall Cobb, who reportedly has numerous  cash-loaded teams lined up and ready to throw top five WR money to a slot receiver: a versatile, exciting, dependable (mostly), unique talent who is not yet 25. It's rare for Ted Thompson not to keep guys he wants to keep, but if you read the tea leaves it's sounding more and more likely Cobb will receive an offer he can't refuse.

When Jordy Nelson took a nine million dollars a year deal, Thompson likely assumed that if Cobb had a big 2014 season, he'd slot him in at a similar, if not maybe a slightly lower salary. But the market for Cobb appears to be robust, with teams like the Raiders and Jaguars anxious to pair their young franchise QBs with a proven, young WR. Of course there is no guarantee that Cobb will be as valuable without Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, but those teams know they'd be overpaying a bit for a receiver who has displayed zero diva tendencies. Stud WRs like that are getting harder and harder to find. Cobb has the skills to make a young, unproven QB look good.

The clock is ticking. Cobb's agent can begin (officially and legally) talking with GMs on Saturday, with free agency opening on Tuesday. Is there a chance Thompson and Cobb swing an eleventh hour deal that keeps him in Green Bay, a la Sam Shields last season? Sure, but with the cap number expanding, providing teams with millions of more ways to overspend, the smart money says Cobb gets a deal in the 11 million dollars a year range, if not more. I don't see Thompson approaching that number.

I think Thompson could have dealt with Cobb making more than Nelson, and I don't think Nelson's the kind of guy who would have a big problem with it. After all, he could have waited to sign and earned much more, but he took the sure thing and didn't want to gamble on an injury. But Thompson doesn't want to throw his payroll out of whack by overpaying at a position where he has assigned a certain value.

The Pack has the eighth most cap room to spend this season, and if they lose Cobb they can spend that money not only to resign all their guys they want back, as well as dip into free agency a bit more fervently than usual.

March is always frustrating for Packer fans, and if Cobb gets away it will feel disastrous. But know this: when the dust settles on the free agency period and we go through the draft, the Pack will be Super Bowl contenders in 2015--with or without Cobb. Thompson and McCarthy will be sure to arm Rodgers with plenty of talented targets.

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Comments (17):

I have an idea, why don't OSSG or voice make up a packer web site. Dave seems to be to busy with kfan to keep this going. just a thought boys. i miss talking draft and packers with you guys, GO Pack.

on April 3rd, 2015 at 10:43am

Larry...I appreciate the encouragement, but I wish I was just a little less busy as it is with my everyday life. Besides that, Dave is a lot better at it than I'd ever be. ;-) Thanks nonetheless, and we'll wait for Dave to get back to go over draft possibilities. This is kind of the dead zone for football anyway, and with that in mind, GO BADGERS!!!

on April 6th, 2015 at 02:38pm

Not sure if any of you guys have heard, but Terdell Middleton passed away late last week at the age of 59. Details on Packers.com website.

on April 6th, 2015 at 02:45pm

Larry....Thank you for that encouraging idea but there is only one and only true Cheese site and that is Mr. Sinykin's. I agree it is time to talk draft soon and Dave as in past years will lead our talk soon. Let's keep checking the site and I know I am ready with my ideas when we start. GO PACK GO !!

on April 6th, 2015 at 10:11am

Glad that he resigned, very good player and it is good to keep that offense together. Sounds like Bulaga is resigning as well, hats off to Thompson

on March 10th, 2015 at 02:13pm

Hello? Anybody home?

on March 30th, 2015 at 05:19pm

Cobb is on record stating that he would take $9M, which is a good starting point. Thompson doesn't let young, homegrown talent just walk away. He has this figured out...Cobb will be signed by the Pack. Take it to the bank.

on March 5th, 2015 at 06:19pm

I'm not sure if Cobb has said on the record he would take 9 million, but if that is what he will accept, Thompson should run to him and sign the contract right away. I think it will take 10 million and I think the Pack should make the deal. Way too young and way to important to let him get away.

on March 5th, 2015 at 09:37pm

Oakland, Jacksonville and a couple other teams will throw big money at him. Let him go and have an average QB and we will see what happens, we can list all the receivers that left the last 20 years and didn't hurt our offensive play.

on March 5th, 2015 at 09:44pm

hey guys, I don't like the way MM said how great Yannis wr not sure on spelling, strides he made in practice when asked about Cobb the end of season. I think he saw this coming. we still have Abbederis too.we lost marshal out of division to jets, and Suh is going to miami, so that helps too. My God, the vikes may come in 2nd this year with an 8-8 record. Back to Cobb, if we lose him, I hope they make an offer to Thomas te denver for about 5 ml a year for 3 years, or look at Cole and Worllds from pitt as OLB"s. If we lose him, we have to make it help some where else. we Can't be doing to 12 what we did to 4 though. we can't expect him to keep losing these guys and keep winning MVP's. go Pack.

on March 6th, 2015 at 10:49am

Good old homer THC. LOL. There is no way the Pack are SB contenders in 2015 if they lose Cobb. You don't just lose All Pro caliber players and not get a lot worse offensively...

on March 6th, 2015 at 11:12am

Don't be surprised if the vikes go after house fast. we need to sign williams or house, can't lose both. if Cob b is not signed by monday, he is gone I heard chargers were looking at him too. Voice, I hope your right.

on March 7th, 2015 at 06:05pm

Sorry Cane, looks like Cobb took a less $ to stay in GB. Should have fun against the soft purple secondary.

on March 8th, 2015 at 03:25pm

That is why we call him the VOICE!!!!

on March 9th, 2015 at 01:12pm

Ok guys I would like to get your insight about Dujuan Harris. I really liked what i saw of him back in 2013. I was really surprised he did not get any more action out of the backfield this past year. I like Starks, but Harris is more explosive and maybe a better receiver. I think he could be a Sproles type back. Would really like to get some feedback from you guys about him. I know Starks contract is up after this year.

on March 9th, 2015 at 05:30pm

Voice...I wish I could take Cobb's money to the bank as you suggested....but getting him for 10 mil a year for 4 years was great. Lets get Buluga signed and a pass catching tight end via the draft or free agency and the offense will be looking good. Draft Talk coming soon. GO PACK GO !!

on March 9th, 2015 at 09:51am

OSSG...I wish I could take .1% of Cobb's money to the bank. ;-) But hey - TT got it done, and that's what counts. Things are just getting started this offseason. Address the issues with the front 7 on defense, for me, is first priority. Besides, you think Richard Rodgers isn't the answer at TE? I say stick with him - he could very well be the answer.

on March 9th, 2015 at 12:56pm

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