Former Kentucky star Randall Cobb has been reportedly put on the trade block by his NFL team, the Green Bay Packers.
The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi, a former assistant coach of the New England Patriots, said on his GM Street podcast he’s heard the team has been shopping Cobb’s name around.
However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport disputed the report and said that the Packers are not shopping Cobb.
Cobb is entering the final year of his four-year, $40 million deal. With Equanimeous St. Brown and DeAngelo Yancey receiving preseason snaps from the slot receiver position, this could hint at a potential Cobb-Green Bay divorce.
This doesn't come as a major surprise, as the Packers recently cut ties with fan favorite and highly-trusted wide receiver Jordy Nelson this past spring. Considering he was All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ most consistent target, it’s doubtful that Green Bay would be hesitant with Cobb.
Cobb’s $9.5 million cap hit for this year won’t be an attractive asset for most teams, and neither will his injuries along with decline of production over the last three seasons.
Cobb had a monster season from the slot in 2014, posting 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.
However, in 2015, his numbers fell to 79 catches for 829 yards and only six touchdowns. In 2016, his production flattened by missing six games and recording only 60 catches for 610 yards and four touchdowns.
2017 wasn’t very productive either, as Rodgers missed significant time with a collarbone injury. Cobb suffered from sub-par QB play, posting a stagnant 66 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns.
Cobb probably still has some left in his tank, just probably not enough to mirror his high cap hit. With quality slot receivers hard to come by, Cobb will surely draw interest from multiple teams if released. The Patriots, for example, will be without Julian Edelman the first four games of the season and could take a flyer on Cobb should he be released by then.