Yesterday, news broke that the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans were working on a trade that would bring Randall Cobb back to the Packers. This morning, it appears as if the deal is done. Randall Cobb, himself, posted the following on Twitter:
I’M COMING HOME! 💚💛 pic.twitter.com/qxSwkQo89f
— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) July 28, 2021
Green Bay certainly is home for Cobb. After being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he spent eight seasons in Green Bay, becoming one of the most popular players on the team. During that time, Cobb accumulated 5,524 receiving yards. That is the twelfth highest total in franchise history. He needs just 58 more receiving yards to pass Billy Howton for eleventh place. Within grasp is Max McGee, who is currently tenth in team history with 6,346 yards.
What Cobb Brings to the Packers
As many Packers’ fans know, Amari Rodgers’ father was Randall Cobb’s wide receivers coach during Cobb’s college career at Kentucky. Amari Rodgers, for his part, has modeled his game and playing style after Cobb’s. It stands to reason, then, that Cobb is being brought back to help Amari Rodgers learn the ropes in a NFL offense. Cobb is on the back nine off his career, and mentoring the young Rodgers while competing for a championship is a great way to begin the end.
Additionally, the acquisition of Cobb presumably may help the Packers convince Aaron Rodgers to stay in Green Bay beyond the 2021 season. Of course, it will take a lot more than just bringing back a friend of Rodgers to smooth things over between them, but it is certainly out of the norm for the Packers to do. Perhaps bringing Cobb back is a sign that things may be changing in terms of how the team is run.
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