NFL wide receiver Randall Cobb has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Houston Texans, per James Jones of NFL Network. $18.75 million of Cobb’s contract is guaranteed for the 29-year old slot receiver.
The former Kentucky Wildcat was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and spent his first eight seasons catching passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Then, Cobb spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys during 2019 before becoming a free agent again for the second straight summer.
Over the course of nine NFL seasons, Cobb has averaged 13 games, 58 catches, 705 yards and four touchdowns per season.
Cobb’s deal with Houston came hours after the Texans traded away All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. An interesting move to say the least, considering Hopkins’ talent and ability to stay healthy in a league that’s so injury prone.
Rationally, no one should expect Cobb to fill the shoes of an All-Pro receiver like Hopkins. However, he should fit well into the Texans’ high-powered offense. With Will Fuller consistently drawing two men in coverage down the field, Cobb’s opportunities should be plentiful.
This deal locks Cobb into a contract that lasts until he’s 32 years old, which leads to this likely being his last big pay-day. Thankfully, though, the NFL has become more lenient to offensive players and prioritized player safety so Cobb may have one more heavy contract if he produces well in Houston.