Randall Cobb Reportedly Seeking Deal Averaging $9 Million Per Season

The Packers wide receiver is scheduled to become a free agent on March 10 if he doesn't agree to a contract extension first.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb—Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb—Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports.

With Monday being the first day NFL teams can place franchise tags on players, discussion of impending free agent Randall Cobb have intensified, including a report that the Green Bay Packers wide receiver is seeking a deal averaging $9 million per year.

That's the word from ESPN.com reporter Rob Demovsky, although there was no indication that such a figure came from either the mouth of Cobb or his agent.

"It's unclear how far talks have progressed, if they have at all, between the Packers and Cobb's agent, Jimmy Sexton," writes Demovsky. "Sexton did not return a message left Monday. The two sides likely will meet later this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis."

A contract averaging roughly $9 million per season makes sense for a variety of reasons.

For one, it would make Cobb the new highest-paid slot receiver in the NFL, slightly above the contract paying the New York Giants' Victor Cruz an aveage of $8.6 million a year.

And for two, it would pay Cobb slightly south of the deal inked by the more experienced and accomplished teammate Jordy Nelson, who's making $9.76 million per season.

As mentioned in Monday's Packers Calendar post at Cheesehead TV, the number of years could be the sticking point in negotiations.

Does Cobb want the security that a four- or five-year contract brings? Or does he want to sign a relatively short two- or three-year deal that would allow him to hit free agency once again while he's still in his prime, especially since new money from the league's television contract is likely to expand the salary cap in future seasons?

At 24 years old, Cobb is one of the youngest players in the NFL hitting free agency for the first time.

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NewNikeShoes's picture

February 16, 2015 at 12:34 pm

YES.
Something reasonable.
Please sign him TT.

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jmac34's picture

February 16, 2015 at 01:01 pm

I would be shocked if a new deal isn't reached with Cobb before Free Agency starts.

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Evan's picture

February 16, 2015 at 01:06 pm

$9 million per year? Done. Next.

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NickPerry's picture

February 17, 2015 at 07:08 am

Perfectly said, nothing more needs to be added.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

February 16, 2015 at 01:09 pm

Pay him...

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pooch's picture

February 16, 2015 at 01:16 pm

Should be no problem to sign between 8-8.5 million

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HankScorpio's picture

February 16, 2015 at 01:35 pm

$25-$27 mil over 3 years for Cobb would make me very, very happy.

Putting myself in the Packers' shoes, I wouldn't want to go less than 3. There is something to be said for not having to re-do the contracts of half the roster every year.

From Cobb's perspective, I would love to hit FA again at 27 years old after pocketing that much money already.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 16, 2015 at 06:46 pm

There is no way to know how many years Cobb wants, that is, how much security he wants. This might be the best year he ever has. He is young, but he knows first hand that he could get seriously injured. Could be either way.

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The TKstinator's picture

February 16, 2015 at 09:34 pm

Sounds like fair market value.

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

February 18, 2015 at 03:13 pm

It looks as though the Bears really want Cobb. Lambert from the Tribune claims that all the Bears' receiving targets are too slow which allows defenders to sit on their routes. If Cobb goes to the Bares, I'll puke.

http://sportsmockery.com/2015/02/bears-need-cobb-marshall-according-chic...

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DraftHobbyist's picture

February 19, 2015 at 01:37 am

The interesting thing is that Jeffrey's 40 time was about as fast as Cobb's 40 time, and Jeffrey was faster in a lot of the other drills, although he was slimmed down to 216 for his Pro Day. Cobb is by no means a blazer, though.

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February 19, 2015 at 01:24 am

If Cobb is asking for $9 million/year then give him $9 million and lock him up for 6 years and give him boatloads of guaranteed money (which I think he'll value greatly after his injury). The next time we'll have to work out a contract he'll be 30.

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