Randall Cobb Stays In Green Bay, Turns Down Raiders


After not getting in on the Brandon Marshall sweepstakes, the Oakland Raiders are now feeling the pinch before 2015 NFL Free Agency opens on March 10 as top wideout target Randall Cobb has stayed with the Green Bay Packers after getting his price to remain with Aaron Rodgers in Wisconsin.

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According to reports, Cobb was handed a $10 million per season deal for staying with the NFC contenders in the Packers. The deal is for four years so the price tag of $40 million was enough to keep Cobb from bolting for a bigger payday elsewhere with more money on the table.

Sources also reported on Saturday night that Cobb turned down “considerably more money” from other teams to stay in Green Bay, one of those teams allegedly being the Raiders who did their best to lure the receiver to Oakland as they failed along with several other teams to convince him to leave the team that drafted him.

Cobb going off of the board puts teams in a tight position at wide receiver when it comes to impact playmakers. Jeremy Maclin will now get plenty of spotlight as the Philadelphia Eagles wideout is now the top available player, likely making him a candidate to leave Philly for a massive payday with Cobb off the open market.

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Like Cobb, Maclin was a 1000 yard receiver in 2014, returning from missing all of 2013 with an injury to put up 1318 yards along with 10 touchdowns. Those numbers came in the Eagles pass-heavy offense, but his touchdown totals will be more than enough to justify the type of attention he will now be given by general managers.

Lower end options such as Torrey Smith could also make an impact for the Raiders should they get interested, but Cobb going off of the board now will put general manager Reggie McKenzie back to square one when it comes to getting a big name playmaker for 2014 second round draft pick Derek Carr. Needing to make a splash, expect McKenzie to continue to be active during the window in which teams can talk to agents before the March 10 opening of free agency. The question is if McKenzie can finally get a top tier player to sign in free agency after failing to convince Cobb that Oakland for more money was a better option than Green Bay at $10 million a season.