Randall Cobb may be a Green Bay Packer no longer after he revealed just how much he wanted the team to pay him before he hit free agency.
Cobb is probably the Packers most important free agent heading in to this off-season, but it seems that his demands may be too much for Green Bay to allow and it could see him on his way out of Wisconsin after several good seasons in the green and yellow.
$9 Million Per
According to reports from ESPN, Cobb is looking for a four year deal worth $9million dollars per year, similar to what Green Bay's star receiver Jordy Nelson is on. That seems like it won't happen.
"Indications are that Cobb is seeking a deal that averages in the $9 million per year range. That would come close to the four-year, $39 million contract extension the Packers gave receiver Jordy Nelson last summer," Rob Demovsky wrote.
The Packers do have a franchise tag to use however, but the overriding feeling from the team seems to suggest that is the last thing they would want to do, especially seeing as it would mean they would have to overpay Cobb next season.
The numbers for this year have not been set yet for the franchise tag on receivers, but last year it was the third most expensive position behind quarterbacks and defensive ends. The franchise tag for receivers last season was $12.312 million, which is $3million more than Cobb even wants.
So it's much more likely that the Packers are going to want to work out a long term deal for the 24-year old rather than tagging him or letting Cobb match Nelson's salary like he wants. The only way that could be possible is if they were to work out a bonus-heavy deal or one that sees his salary cap hit lessened.
The two parties haven't even entered negotiations yet so we could well end up seeing Cobb on the free agent market, where he is bound to get a lot of offers from receiver hungry teams looking to boost up their offense.
Cobb is hitting the market after his best season in the National Football League, having recorded 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, all of which are career high marks. That's the type of production that sees you get paid in this league.
So NFL fans, what do you think? Will Randall Cobb be leaving the Green Bay Packers or are they going to do all they can to keep him? Give us your answers in the comments below...
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