Bay Packers’ Randall Cobb during NFL football training
camp Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
Randall Cobb doesn't know if he's next on the Green Bay Packers
re-signing to-do list. His teammates are assuming that's the case.
One day after
fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson signed a reported four-year, $39
million contract extension, Cobb stood at his locker Sunday
following the team's second training-camp practice and faced
question after question about when he might get a new deal.
But it wasn't
just reporters talking about it.
Not long after
news of Nelson's deal broke, other players were talking to him
about Cobb, who's entering the final year of his rookie deal,
being next to get a new deal.
Packers' other unrestricted free agents-to-be are right tackle
Bryan Bulaga, cornerback Tramon Williams and defensive tackle B.J.
While Cobb said
he's gotten the feeling from the Packers that he is indeed next in
line, he is consciously doing all he can to avoid thinking about
his financial situation, especially coming off a 2013 season in
which he missed 10 games with a leg injury.
"At the end
of the day, it's a business," Cobb said. "My heart's in
Green Bay, I love Green Bay, the three years I've been here have
been unbelievable. But I understand the business side of it."
After leading the
team in receptions (80) and receiving yards (954) in 2012, Cobb
suffered a fracture at the top of the tibia in his right leg on a
low hit by Baltimore safety Matt Elam in an Oct. 13 victory over
the Ravens and was placed on injured reserve.
He returned to
catch a game-winning, last-minute 48-yard touchdown pass to beat
Chicago in the regular-season finale and send the Packers to the
playoffs. He finished the regular season with 31 receptions for
433 yards and four touchdowns.
Asked if he's
done enough to merit a new deal, the 23-year-old Cobb replied,
"I don't believe I've done enough, and I think that's on me.
Last year, I missed 10 weeks, I got injured in a way that there
was nothing I could do about it. I think my job is just to come
out here every day, do what I'm supposed to, continue to work hard
and hopefully my time will come.
"I feel I
have a lot to prove. I know the player I'm capable of being. And
it's just going out and showing that on a day-to-day basis."
While that may be
Cobb's mentality, that's not how his teammates are viewing it.
Aaron Rodgers wasted no time on Saturday in making Cobb's
for Randall to be next," Rodgers said following Saturday's
practice. "He's a guy, again, who's done it the right way.
He's been a great leader for us; he's had some injury issues last
year that hurt him that was out of his control. But he's a
consistent performer for us and a great guy in the locker room as
Cobb is entering
the final year of the four-year, $3.209 million deal he signed as
a second-round pick in 2011, and his base salary for 2014 is
$812,648. Nelson, who signed a three-year extension in October
2011 while in the last year of his rookie deal, said he believes
Cobb is and should be the top priority now, too.
that's the biggest thing," Nelson said Sunday. "Randall
means a lot to this team, the things he can do. You want to see
him get that extension.
he's going to be in a situation somewhat similar to what I was (in
2011), especially with the unfortunate part of him getting hurt
last year. . Like I've told a lot of guys in here - whatever your
decision is, you've got to be happy with it, no matter what the
outcome. If you become underpaid (after signing an extension) or
if you get hurt, either way, you have to be happy with your
decision and know that you'll have to live with it one way or
he's in a good situation. He's a smart kid. But you don't ever
know when it's going to happen. We'll see."