Since yesterday it was rumored that one of the conditions of Aaron Rodgers return was that he wanted to be reunited with Randall Cobb. Almost everyone took the rumor as just that, a rumor. However, Aaron Rodgers arrived at training camp today and it’s being reported that the Packers have traded for Randall Cobb.
— Chris Brockman🎙️ (@chrisbrockman) July 27, 2021
The first report of trade came from Chris Brockman who’s tweet is shown above. The tweet itself doesn’t provide much validation. However, a tweet from Brandin Cooks, Cobb’s teammate last year in Houston, dives inclination to believe it’s true. The Brockman report was also confirmed by Tom Pelissero who replied to the Brandin Cooks tweet.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 27, 2021
The Brandin Cooks tweet came before the Brockman report so it seems that Cooks was saying goodbye to his teammate. Whether this is a direct result of Aaron Rodgers coming back is unknown. Even if the trade was one of Rodgers’ demands before his return it doesn’t seem like something the front office would reveal.
What It Means
Compensation and Contract details have yet to come out on the Randall Cobb trade. It’s really unknown how much Green Bay gave up to bring back the former Packers’ pro bowler. However, more details will come out when the rumored Rodgers restructure is announced. If Rodgers’ restructure cleared up cap space it would easily make sense on how the team could afford Cobb. However, if the restructure doesn’t clear up space then Green Bay would be asking the Texans to eat Cobb’s contract and would probably have to give up more to get him. Additionally, a trade for Cobb would be an indication of Rodgers’ increased say in personnel decisions.
Randall Cobb is also friends with Packers’ third-round pick Amari Rodgers. Amari Rodgers has drawn comparisons to Cobb for his skill set. Rodgers’ father also was a coach of Cobb’s at Kentucky. Cobb would serve as a great mentor for the young versatile wideout.
As of right now, Cobb joins a loaded receiving core. Devin Funchess, Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Amari Rodgers will all be joined by Cobb in 2020 assuming none of them were involved in the trade.
Cobb departed from Green Bay after the 2018 season and signed with the Cowboys in 2019. In 2020 he played with the Texans. However, after a two-year departure, it looks as though one of the best Packers in recent memory is coming back. Cobb has delivered many key moments in the Aaron Rodgers’ Packers era and hopefully can provide more as the Packers gear up for a Super Bowl run.
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