Oakland Raiders Reportedly Will Offer Randall Cobb $11 Million


Randall Cobb is the top wide receiver in 2015 NFL Free Agency after the Green Bay Packers declined to franchise tag their star wideout before the deadline on Monday, giving teams an opportunity to outbid them for Cobb’s services starting on March 10 when the floodgates are set to open. The Oakland Raiders are expected to be one of the teams to bid highly for Cobb, and that offer has now had a reported dollar amount according to insiders out of Green Bay.

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General manager Reggie McKenzie, with Green Bay ties before moving into his first GM job in Oakland, is allegedly prepared to pay Cobb well over double digits in salary to come play with young cornerstone quarterback Derek Carr. Something that comes as no surprise with the Raiders in a big need to reach the cap floor as well as to provide Carr with the weapons needed to build on a promising rookie season in Oakland.

Cobb certainly would fit that bill of a player who could help Carr reach another level, splitting the majority of the Packers targets with Jordy Nelson and helping to guide the cheeseheads to within a quarter of the Super Bowl last season. Now Cobb is hoping to get paid off his strong play since being drafted by Green Bay and most are expecting McKenzie to be one of the general managers who will give the wideout what he feels he is worth once free agency opens.

Bill Huber of Packer Report is claiming that McKenzie will be offering Cobb $11 million per season to come play for the Raiders, something that would make them contenders for the wideout who is expecting in the vicinity of $10-$12 million with his first non-rookie structured contract.

From Packer Report:

"Will Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb get $12 million per season in free agency?Maybe. Maybe not. But Packer Report has learned that at least one team is prepared to offer him $11 million per season.According to a league source, the Oakland Raiders — led by former Packers director of player personnel Reggie McKenzie — are considering offering Cobb a blockbuster deal.The news comes on the heels of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s report that Cobb is seeking $12 million per season."

Since his second season in the league Cobb has been a standout receiver, finally breaking the 1000 yard ceiling in 2014 along with the double digit touchdown ceiling with 12 in a contract year. Numbers that put him amongst the best in the NFL even if the electric Aaron Rodgers was passing him the ball and helping with those stats that will surely get him paid come early March.

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Cobb will also not be likely to return to Green Bay should the Packers decide to refuse to increase their reported offer of $8-$9 million to their wideout. Having Jordy Nelson on the roster at a similar cap hit makes their position a tricky one with teams with large amount of cap space more than willing to go into the double digits for a player they feel is ready to become a true number one target after sharing the spotlight with Nelson for the entirety of his career.

Teams willing to pay Cobb high end money to be one of the top receivers in the league have plenty of reason to be confident that their investment will payoff as the wideout is a tremendous talent who is entering the prime of his career. Without an injury that shut him down for 2013, Cobb would have improved upon his previous year’s performance in each of his four NFL seasons and that is a trend that will have general managers confident that he can give the returns necessary for a contract that will be in the range of $10-$12 million to lure him onto their roster.

As for the Raiders they are in the perfect position right now to splash on the top wideout in the free agent class as they finally have what they assume to be their quarterback of the future along with an extremely high cap number that needs to be spent on talent to become a contender. A wideout with 12 touchdowns and 1287 yards in his contract year fits the bill of a playmaker that could change the direction of the franchise, so expect McKenzie to be on the phone with Cobb’s camp the minute he can contact without violating any tampering rules. If the number is close to $12 million, the Raiders may just be able to lock in the services of one of the most sought after players this March.