Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb expressed his desire to ink a long-term deal with the Green Bay Packers during an appearance Tuesday at the NFL Network.
"I would definitely love that," Cobb is quoted as saying at NFL.com. "But unfortunately that won't be my decision. That will be on the team to come to me with that decision."
"I would love to get it out the way and not to have to worry about any of the conversations or answering any questions during the season that would take away from what we're trying to do as a football team."
Cobb is still on his rookie contract, set to expire after the 2014 season.
According to NFL rules, players cannot sign contract extensions until after their third year in the NFL, so presumably, Cobb couldn't sign any extension until the new league year begins on March 11.
For what it's worth, Cobb said he hasn't been in discussion with the Packers about any such extension.
"Not that I know of," Cobb said. "My agent hasn't mentioned it to me, so I don't know if there's been any talks."
Where Cobb stands on the Packers' priority list is anyone's guess. Fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson also has a contract expiring after 2014, but both of them may have to wait until the Packers deal with the current class of free agents.
The Packers have 20 players set to become free agents on March 11, 17 of them unrestricted. And that's not counting any free agents the Packers may court from other teams.
By signing Cobb to an extension before his current deal expires, they'll hope to save some money by not allowing him to reach the open market. The Packers are estimated to be nearly $29 million under the salary cap entering the 2014 season.
In 2013, Cobb came back from a broken leg suffered mid-season to catch the fourth quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers against the Chicago Bears in the season finale that helped the Packers win the NFC North division title and qualify for a spot in the playoffs.
Because of the injury, Cobb only caught 31 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns on the season but is still considered one of the NFL's best multi-threat players that can also return kicks and occasionally line up at running back.
How much Cobb will be used on special teams moving forward is similarly open for debate, a debate that's not new. Last offseason, the Packers went through a similar situation, looking for a player to take the burden off Cobb and allow him to focus more on offense.