Cory's Corner: Brandin Cooks Has Value

The eight-year pro is averaging 71 catches a season, including 90 last year. 

I’ve read and heard from many people that have said that Brandin Cooks would not be worth it.

I don’t share that same opinion. Cooks, 28, would be a welcome fit on a team that is in dire need of capable and reliable pass catchers. 

Cooks tallied 253 targets the last two seasons, good for 24 percent of the Texans’ targets. Granted, Houston has won eight total games the last two years by being a whisper better than awful.

But there’s also more to Cooks than you may not realize. Last year, he had seven catches of 25 yards or more and 45 catches went for first downs. 

If there are questions about whether or not Cooks can produce, those questions can be put to rest. He can still play at a quality level. The only worry that I have is his availability. He has had Grade 1 concussions in 2015, 2018 and 2019. He is 5-foot-10 and 183 pounds, but he has only missed two games the last two seasons. 

The good thing for the Packers is that Cooks wouldn’t cost that much in draft capital, but the one negative is that he is staring at a 2022 cap hit of $16.2 million. Granted, the Packers could have the Texans swallow most of that contract, but that could mean more draft capital in order for that to happen. 

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and director of football operations Russ Ball have been trying to find a fit at wide receiver since Davante Adams was traded. Those guys are going to have to balance the short term reward vs. long term risk. 

With the way this team is built right now — Aaron Rodgers’ deal, you almost have to ignore the long term risk and just seek the reward. 

“With four picks in the first two rounds, we have the draft capital to either trade for a veteran receiver or draft a top quality receiver(s),” said Packers president Mark Murphy in a question and answer with a fan. “I'm confident that our wide receiver room will look very different in September than it does now.”

Like I’ve said before, the sky isn’t falling. The Packers don’t have a receiver that currently has a cap hit over $4.1 million (Randall Cobb) but that doesn’t mean that the receiver room isn’t going to be any good. 

I’ve heard over and over in the last few weeks how much the Packers are going to struggle without Adams. I just don’t see it because, for as good as Adams has been, those are skills that can be replaced with a really good scheme — which the Packers have thanks to coach Matt LaFleur. 

When you focus on the short term, Cooks is a solid option. And that’s all you need to zero in on. Don’t look long term because we all know because of tough financial matters, it’s going to be tough sledding in five years. 

Which is why, the Packers should go and get Cooks. He checks a lot of boxes for the Packers. And most importantly, he checks them off right now. 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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NickPerry's picture

April 05, 2022 at 06:25 am

Cooks is the "Veteran" WR I'd like to see the Packers go get if possible. Landry is to slow. I mean he's better than nothing but that would depend on how much better than nothing costs. Will Fuller? Why?? Beckham? DOUBLE why?? Green, Jones, Crowder, Hilton? Probably not.

That pretty much leaves Cooks. I have NO idea what it may take in draft picks, and I sure as hell want nothing to do with that 2022 salary, but Cooks isn't a horrible idea. He's available, more than fast enough to take a slant to the house, or a take the top off the defense like MVS. He'll probably even have a better catch percentage.

I STILL love the idea of trading for Metcalf. Call me silly, but IF the Packers are going to pay that ridiculous amount of money for a WR, I'd rather they pay one that would be 25 in December and is fast as hell, than one that is turning 30 and is slowing down.

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Pack103172's picture

April 05, 2022 at 01:24 pm

I'm pretty sure Crowder signed with a team already.

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:01 am

I would be happy to have Cooks. He would bring speed and a veteran presence to the WR group that we could use. My only thing is I don't want to give up much for him. If they are going to have to give up a lot of high power picks for a WR I'd much rather go after a younger guy. A guy like DK or McLaurin.

I do feel like we will be adding a veteran WR of some sort. But it maybe after the draft. Another thing they maybe would do is make a trade for one during the draft. Maybe Friday morning or Saturday morning they make that trade.

There is a lot of talent in this draft class at WR. Hopefully they capitalize on it.

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stockholder's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:06 am

No - A penny saved is a penny earned now. We have 17 games to make a rookie into a veteran. We want more running, and WRs that can block. Size matters outside. And I doubt he can take the top off a defense now. It's time for new Wrs in Green Bay. Faster , Taller, and more durable. The NFL Body is needed in Green Bay. Sqeeze the wallet.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:43 am

Three new faces in the WR room. Get it done.

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TxPackFan's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:50 am

He's literally had 6 1,000 yard seasons in the last 7, runs a 4.33 40, and is in the prime of his career. He can take the top off. On top of that he can run crisp routes, which DK can't.

The biggest negatives are his contract and what the Texans want in compensation (2nd rd pick). His ability, though, is not i question and is the best I've heard available for our offense, now that Parker is out.

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porupack's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:27 am

Seems fine if Texans swallow a large part of the tab, but otherwise why stockpile draft capital (critical for medium and long term building) to squander it on short term. Why save big chunk of Davante cap and then splurge on short term?

No, it hurts, but with so much punting resources via restructuring and future dead years....the GM has to save and cut in other areas...and just seems they will have to find a cheaper vet to sign and then draft for a plug and play.

If you pay the quarterback the richest contract, and you decide the Quarterback he is valuable enough to get the salary of nearly fifth of the roster, you pretty much are telling Rodger he has to compensate and be as good or better enough than a fifth of that roster. So.....per my logic, Rodgers better not complain about any rookie or any vet from the scrap heap. He is paid to make up for Davante and MVS by superb play. That's my opinion this morning.

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dblbogey's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:57 am

I think Rodgers will be outstanding again this year, until he totally chokes in the playoffs again. Totally agree, we have 4 of the first 59 picks. Get 2 quality WR's out of those first 4 picks, age 22, rookie contracts. Then start loading up on OL and DL. Save whatever we'd spend on a veteran free agent WR to help extend Jaire.

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dobber's picture

April 05, 2022 at 08:03 am

His cap hit in trade is about $12.5M, not $16.something. His roster bonus is already paid by the Texans and the remaining portion of that $16M number is accelerated signing bonus.

As of 2021, Cooks can still run--he's only 28, but has been passed around the league. He's a productive, volume WR who still hit 1000 yards playing with a menagerie of substandard QBs in 2021. He's played both slot and outside WR and, while he's had some injuries, has mostly been available over the course of his career (better than Adams). If the Packers go get him, he's immediately the best WR on the roster by a wide margin.

I'm lukewarm on Cooks. Supposedly there are 3-4 teams (Cleveland, Pitt, others) who are kicking the tires on him at this stage, which will keep the asking price up. The veteran WR market is a mess, and that's going to make him cost more than he's worth. Last I read, Houston is looking for a second round pick in return. A 2nd on a one-year rental WR seems foolhardy. So if you pay that much for him, you're likely going to follow that with a contract extension to get his cost down. Absent a cost-reducing extension to JA, it will likely cost the Packers a player or two in cuts to make him fit.

Yes, the Packers need to add to the WR, and with someone who can step in and play credibly right away, but this seems a poor way to use the draft capital the Packers have accrued.

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TxPackFan's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:01 am

I agree with pretty much everything you say here. Nice to have somebody knowledgeable commenting. The one thing you left out is Cooks is excellent in the locker room. Right now Houston is all about building proper winning culture and are prioritizing that over talent. Thing is Cooks has both the proper attitude in how he handles himself and talent to back it up. That's why a rebuilding team is so hesitant to let him go. They're hoping he'll stay beyond this year.

Additionally Cooks and Cobb are close from their time in Houston. Cooks to Cobb encouraging him on going back to Green Bay, “You meet people and they become family right away! @rcobb18 go back home and set it off,”

Sounds like he would fit right in!

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Coldworld's picture

April 05, 2022 at 12:15 pm

I agree Dobber. The persistent search for names is scraping the barrel of common sense. Cooks might be a better bet than Cobb or AmRod, but that’s where he plays and Cobb we seem to be obliged to retain. At 5’10, 183, he’s not a great fit outside or over the top. Which is where we have nothing if one views Lazard as primarily a center field guy. I don’t see this making much sense and I do see it draining what little cap we have.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 06, 2022 at 05:28 am

Would you have traded Adams for Cooks and pick #22 (given the tag situation)?

Cooks has to be able to play outside. I am surprised that I don't know whether he can for sure, but I thought he played outside a lot. I am open to contrary opinions because I never really watched him much.

If you would have made that trade (I think would have), then it really is the cap issue. I always had Davante penciled in for $8M to $10M. Cooks would have to accept an extension with a cap number around $6M to $8M (that can be done) for 2022. If AR retires in 2023 GB can probably flip him for a 3rd or a 4th. Might as well break the record for most trades involving a single player.

Crap, after all that persuasion I failed to convince even myself. I am lukewarm. Don't want to give up a second, but a third for sure, and a 2023 5th (GB is in line for a comp 5th for MVS)? Weird, because on March 8th I probably would have been okay with that trade.

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Guam's picture

April 05, 2022 at 08:05 am

I think Gute adds a veteran WR after the draft, not before. I think Gute wants to see what he can secure in the draft before he bargain basement shops for a veteran WR. The Packers need to add two WRs, one of which has to have the speed to take the top off defenses. Let's see what the draft brings before spending large dollars on a veteran WR.

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dblbogey's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:00 am

That's what I tried to say, but you said it better.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 05, 2022 at 11:33 am

"Let's see what the draft brings before spending large dollars on a veteran WR" who will be demanding even larger dollars after 2022.

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Guam's picture

April 05, 2022 at 03:07 pm

Cooks and Metcalf sure fall into "larger dollars after 2022" category. I'm hoping Gute can find a good one year rental veteran WR for cheap during the summer. There are always a few of those out there, you just have to hope they fit MLF's scheme.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 06, 2022 at 05:32 am

I am not as sanguine that such a unicorn will be out there and available after the draft. I don't get to talk to the other GMs to have any feel for who might be available at cut downs or in a trade, and whether obtaining a WR after TC starts (I think you don't mean to wait that long but I wanted to mention that issue). Maybe some team cuts a WR after the draft.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 05, 2022 at 08:22 am

I don't know but I'm going to assume that based on size and concussion history that Cooks is going to be less than a willing and able blocker. So how is he a scheme fit? Focus on the scheme fit and this offense will produce. Try to make a patchwork quilt out of the offense and it will fail.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

April 05, 2022 at 08:41 am

He's not. People just have receiver fever. I doubt the Packers make any big moves for a receiver.

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dobber's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:50 am

I think the issue right now is that he would be a third receiver out of the small number on the roster that fit that slot/small WR profile. In an offense that seems to be predicated on WR who can block, you're saying he'll take the majority of snaps in that slot position and leave Cobb and AmRod to pick up a pittance, which cuts off a big piece of your WR room. You're relying on a Cooks to play more outside WR snaps just so you can use the tools on your roster...that might make him look more like 2020 Brandin Cooks (14+ ypc) and less like 2021 Brandin Cooks (11.5 ypc).

Whatever the case, as we read the situation in early April and absent added draft picks, it's hard to rationalize given what the Packers would likely have to do to make him fit under the cap and submit as compensation to the Texans.

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HarryHodag's picture

April 05, 2022 at 08:35 am

Checked with Over The Cap and Sportrac and they both had the Packers at about $14 million in cap space among the top 51 at the moment. But Sportrac anticipated to sign 11 draft picks would cost just short of that figure. So the talk of getting a new veteran now is likely so much chatter. I don't think there will be a move until after the draft when a veteran or two might get released and signed for much less. In order to have more cap room Alexander would have to sign an extension. He would be silly to do that now from a financial standpoint. I think he goes the same route as Adams, hence the desire to sign Rasoul Douglas.

Bottom line: don't look for much until after the draft.

One other possibility: they use some of that draft capital for an affordable trade.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 05, 2022 at 08:45 am

Sadly, I agree with you Harry. Of course the FO is looking for a veteran WR but with cap restrictions and the current price of FA wide receivers I don’t see it happening. Perhaps after the draft or after cut downs we pick up someone. Most likely we go with who we have, a backup journeyman and draft picks. Maybe that will be enough to make it to the playoffs.

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dobber's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:53 am

I keep coming back to DeVante Parker, and what the Patriots gave up to get him. He's had injury issues of his own, and has had limited productivity (playing with mostly subpar QBs), but at that price could've been the stabilizing outside WR that the Packers could've used to give themselves some breathing room going into the draft...and with two years on his deal at a very cap-friendly rate.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 05, 2022 at 11:02 am

He has only played a full season once, in 2019. When healthy he is productive...but there is the rub..."when". He has had a myriad of injuries, some he tried to play through and made it worse.

And at his age, the injuries can become chronic.

The good news is the Pats, who now have 9 WRs, probably won't be using their #21 first round pick on another prospect. Good news for the team picking #22 looking for a top WR prospect!

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blondy45's picture

April 05, 2022 at 05:35 pm

Great point LP. Unfortunately, this makes pick 21 a prime spot for the Patriots (5 picks = 1-2-3-4-6) to trade down to a WR needy team wanting to pick a WR before the Pack. I still hope Gute holds his water and waits until pick 22 before trading up and losing valuable draft capital. If Gute's WR value for his WR at 22 is not there, he does not have to draft a WR at 22. He will draft some WR's this year, we just do not know when. I trust in Gute, especially if he holds his water!

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Matt Gonzales's picture

April 05, 2022 at 12:35 pm

If the Packers really wanted Cooks and he would agree to it before the trade GB could greatly reduce his 2022 cap number with a 1-2 yr extension converting most of his salary and roster bonus this year to signing bonus. I don't see the point, though.

Jaire - I unfortunately agree this is probably his last year in GB. I'd hate to see GB make a habit of doing a tag and trade on players but I think that is possible, if not likely, next year.

GB will probably add a couple veteran FA receivers after the draft but the day 1 starters are probably a combo of players already on the roster and a rookie to be named.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 06, 2022 at 05:38 am

It will cost $4.8M to $5.2M to sign the draft picks. The number you got from Spotrac is irrelevant.

Gute missed on Parker. Surely Miami (9-8) would have taken a little less from GB for Parker than they got from NE (10-7), a division and conference rival.

I haven't blasted Gute for sitting on his hands regarding Parker since I think it is fair to see whether he has a plan, but I was a little dismayed by how cheap Parker was.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 05, 2022 at 08:38 am

He's an expensive midget-receiver with a concussion history.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:19 pm

So Amari Rodgers is your guy?

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Swisch's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:19 am

MVS seems like a bargain compared to Cooks.
I'm having trouble getting over that horrible decision to let go of Marquez just as he is about to achieve marquee value.
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I'm not so sure MLF has all that good of a scheme on offense.
Although it may work well against the Bears, it didn't come through against the 49ers in the playoff loss this past season, nor against the Bucs in the playoff loss the prior season.
I do suspect the MLF Scheme is being largely thwarted our arrogant quarterback, who apparently has the power to overrule the coach on a whim.
That's mostly the fault of the coach, though, for being a wimp.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:25 am

In fairness, we had over 400 yards of offense in the Bucs loss.

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Swisch's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:57 am

It's a good point, Leatherhead, but the offense let us down in the last two or three drives of that game when it really mattered, including the infamous fail of first-and-goal from the 8 -- and I suspect Rodgers was straying from the MLF Scheme.
(As I recall, MVS caught a big pass across the middle of the field on that drive to get us inside the 10, but then was ignored as an option to get us into the end zone.)
The Packers need an offense that will come through against the most daunting defenses at the most important times of the most monumental games.
Stats don't mean much without wins, and MVP trophies don't compensate for championship rings.

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dblbogey's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:03 am

MVS averaged 30 receptions and 3 touchdowns over 4 years. Yep, a future Hall of Famer for sure.

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Swisch's picture

April 05, 2022 at 02:13 pm

We'll see.
The challenge of being of GM is finding guys on the ascendancy and avoiding guys on the decline.
We want to pay for future production and not the past.
I think we'll really regret not having MVS over the next few seasons, but we'll see.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 06, 2022 at 05:48 am

I agree on MVS. Always predicted he'd get $8M to $10M until he got hurt. I think he breaks out in KC.

Cooks is a proven guy. Six 1,000 yard seasons out of the last seven, including the last two. Went from NO to NE and put up 1,000 yards year one in a new scheme and new QB. Went from NE to LAR (Goff) and put up 1K yards in a new scheme, new QB. Went from LAR to Houston (bunch of nobodies) and put up 1,000 yards in year one in a new scheme, new QB(s).

If a WR can come in and produce with AR in year one, if any WR can do it, Cooks seems like that guy.

Amari looked terrible. Cobb is okay but never stays healthy. My concern about Cooks in the slot isn't due to taking snaps away from those two.

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jhtobias's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:47 am

I find it almost comical by the responses in this section about what they would give up for cook or any reciever.

No more than a fourth and texans eat his contract LMAO. Same people will cry and curse gute when he goes somewhere else when it takes a 2nd round pick to get him.

I like the way the packers are going about business keep building a top tier defense, improve special teams strong oline.

Let the 50 million dollar mvp make chicken soup out of chicken crap. Rodgers can request a trade or retire if he is salty, but Mr Mvp you must then renegotiate your contract sir. I hope we draft a stud dt or edge another stud linebacker oline and then maybe a wr at 59.

Mr. Mvp should make this work.

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Swisch's picture

April 05, 2022 at 02:26 pm

The days of going gangbusters to make our quarterback happy should be over for the most part, as we've already gone overboard to do so.
It's time for him to be concerned about making others happy, including his teammates and the fans.
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I wonder if our QB -- as de facto assistant director of personnel -- put in a good word for MVS. As much as for Cobb, say; or at least as much as for Kumerow.
If he did, draft a WR with our first choice; if not, wait until maybe our fourth or later.
In any case, make it happen Mr. MVP in all of your enormous ego and magnificent wealth.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 06, 2022 at 06:21 am

Gute should do what Gute thinks is in the best interest of the GB Packers. It should not matter whether AR put in a good word for MVS or not.

I deleted the rest.

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Swisch's picture

April 06, 2022 at 09:28 am

I agree for the most part, TGR.
Actually, I wouldn't mind if Rodgers was given some opportunity to make private suggestions about players, but he has to be okay with those suggestions not being taken.
Rodgers has to let Gute do his job, and not interfere.
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My point about Rodgers is that if he's already making suggestions about players, and Gute is allowing it more or less, then it's relevant for me to wonder if he recommended MVS to stay with the Packers as much as he did Cobb and Kumerow.
I would go so far as to wonder if the reason the Packers let MVS go is because of Rodgers having undue influence in not backing MVS.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:57 am

Packers already have 2 slot receivers under contract, both smaller too, Am Rodgers and Cobb.

After trading away your elite receiver due to a contract issue to gain cap and draft capital, why give away a chunk of that capital to acquire a small 3rd slot with a concussion history as a one year rental?

I would view acquiring the expensive Cooks as not helping the Packers O all that much.

Make any decision on veteran WRs after the draft. If Gutey drafts two top prospects, they will need snaps and targets, so will Lazard, Cobb, and Rodgers or one of the other young guys like Taylor, Winfree, etc.

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TxPackFan's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:06 am

Cooks plays less slot than Adams.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 05, 2022 at 11:28 am

Understand. But he has played many snaps in the slot.

In GB, with a penchant for big fast boundary WRs, I expect 2 drafted with the first 5 picks. So many combinations possible, but if they get Olave and Watson, they will be playing outside...so will Lazard.

Cooks would fit in the slot in GB (his 5th team in 9 seasons) and would take the top off the D. But for a 2nd rounder when you already have Cobb and Rodgers?

After 2022, Cooks is going to want WR#1 money on a long term deal. Give me top boundary prospects on rookie contracts.

(I guess the "let's go Brandin!" chants in Lambeau would be fun...)

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:30 pm

Maybe they need big play boundary receivers like Cooks, A. Brown, Desean Jackson, Aiyuk and other who can track, run under and Catch the deep ball...

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:22 pm

What about Adams concussion history, is there a difference?

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Starrbrite's picture

April 05, 2022 at 09:58 am

This is what I’ve been posting for four weeks—no one has mentioned him until now.
Cooks is good —and fast. Forget Metcalf and the others.

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TxPackFan's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:27 am

I have what's sure to be unpopular question...outside of Cobb, what receiver has stuck around for the chance to play with Aaron? Sure seems like they all want to leave instead.

As for Cooks, if the Packers were allowed to negotiate and sign him to an extension that lowered his 2022 cap number, I would have no problem with them meeting the Texans' 2nd round asking price. This is a guy who has had 6 1,000 yard seasons in the past 7. A couple of those with dubious QB play (Goff, Tyrod Taylor/rookie Davis Mills).

He also is versatile enough to slot into multiple roles in our offense, which he is very familiar with from his time in LA. He runs routes and catches the ball well enough to slide into Adams' old role and he runs a 4.33 40 so he can also man MVS's old role. Just find the matchup you want to exploit and put Cooks there. He's the kind of guy who will be exactly where Aaron expects him to be every...single...play...which is NOT something you should expect from DK (imagine how well THAT would go over).

Not only that, but he has an outstanding locker room presence (which is why Houston is hesitant to give him up), who is willing to work with the young guys (which will be important), AND is great friends with Randall Cobb from their time in Houston. Sounds like he would fit in well!

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April 05, 2022 at 10:17 am

The only one who made a big deal out of leaving was Greg Jennings, and he was salty towards the organization b/c he didn't like the offer from them just prior to his contract year. So he turned it down and ultimately got less from the Vikings for his next contract. Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb were all let go in free agency without even a decent offer. And two of them came back to play with GB again. Virtually nobody has wanted to leave until Adams got peeved at the front office and wanted to fulfill his dream of playing for his childhood team with his college QB. We will see how that turns out for him.

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PeteK's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:41 am

Yes, all those receivers were past their prime. I would have signed Nelson as he was willing to sign a one year low cost contract.

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TxPackFan's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:55 am

Did Davante want to stick around for more years with 12, even for one more franchise year? How about MVS? Martellus Bennett couldn't wait to get out of GB and forced his way out in less than a season. Jared Cook, one and done. Of course you mentioned Greg Jennings.

As for Nelson, Jones, and Cobb, they were all given offers commensurate with their diminished abilities at the time. None stuck around for Rodgers.

Just because people aren't burning their bridges (other than Jennings) doesn't mean they aren't leaving when given the chance. And what FA receiver has come to GB for the chance to play with Rodgers? A broken down Jimmy Graham? How did THAT work out?

I love Rodgers and I'm not trying to paint him as some kind of cancer, Personally, he's my kind of guy. But it's a legitimate question in the face of historical signings/exits. Just throwing it out there...his personality might be as polarizing to receivers as it seems to be to the media/public at large. How did Mark Murphy put it, "He's a complicated guy". A lot of people don't mesh with "complicated" guys.

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13TimeChamps's picture

April 05, 2022 at 11:55 am

Other than the possible exception of Jennings, all your other examples of players leaving because of Rodgers are flawed.

Martellus Bennett actually came to GB BECAUSE of Rodgers. It wasn't until Rodgers got injured that Bennett wanted out. Jared Cook was low balled by TT and moved on. MVS left because KC overpaid for him. No way was GB paying 10 million a year for 30 receptions/3 TDs a year and a less than 50% catch rate. Jones and Cobb both came back to GB when given the opportunity to do so. And Jordy wasn't offered a contract "commensurate with his abilities". He was low balled by Gute and moved on as well.

There is zero evidence that any of those players didn't want to play with Rodgers.

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blondy45's picture

April 05, 2022 at 06:00 pm

Right on TX!!!! Mr. MVP is NOT attracting offensive players to come to Green Bay. This year's WR departures Adams, MVS, and MSB all left with none of them wanting to stay in Green Bay. I understand they all wanted to make more money, but none of those 3 wanted to show any loyalty to Mr. MVP either. Rodgers is a great QB. He is just a non-playoff proficient QB, with a deva attitude. I will gain a lot of respect for Rodgers this year if he can swallow his ego, work with his teammates and coaches, and wins another MVP with odds against him doing so. This IS a "complicated" situation.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 06, 2022 at 06:45 am

There is no evidence for that. There is no evidence for the notion that Adams knows AR is only going to play one more year and he didn't want to sign a long-term deal to play with Jordan Love.

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Packerpasty's picture

April 05, 2022 at 10:55 am

They more than likely want to leave the area of Green Bay rather than Mr Rodgers...and some didn't want to leave but didn't get the contract they wanted...Adams is a west coast type guy now he's where he is most happy...blaming everything on Rodgers all the time is getting old...

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blondy45's picture

April 05, 2022 at 06:12 pm

I live in Pennsylvania. I do not see the Patriots located in a sunny thriving mecca either. Many Super bowls were won with players wanting to play there. The Steelers with their Super bowl dominating era, the same. The Packers of the 60's Super bowl teams lived in the frozen tundra. It is well known Rodgers is a self-centered, me first older guy. That is what I believe is "getting old"!

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:24 pm

Cooks helped two teams get into super bowls. He makes plays.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 05, 2022 at 02:58 pm

Question I do not know the answer to...and am confident someone here can:

What WRs have the Packers traded for during the Rodgers' years? I cannot recall any.

My sense is the Packers draft and develop is alive and well...and for WR in this draft with 5 top picks...this is the best position they could have hoped for.

For the WR room:
1. Complete the draft and assess
2. Sign UDFA WRs Gutey had on his board on day 3 that went undrafted
3. Sign veteran FAs that offer value
4. Steal PS WRs after cutdown day

Run the ball more, throw to the RBs and TEs more and develop new WR arrivals. If the D continues to improve, the STs are competent...the Pack will be better than fine.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 05, 2022 at 07:26 pm

They have drafted two valid receivers since 2011, Cobb and Adams. Their track record drafting is less than stellar.
Rodgers keeps it rolling.

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