At just the young age of 23 years old, Randall Cobb has already established himself among the NFL's most versatile and dynamic playmakers. Along with receiving counterpart Jordy Nelson, Cobb will be heading into a contract year in 2014 awaiting a big pay day. Currently, Cobb is still on his rookie deal that he signed back in 2011, which will pay him a little over $812,000 this season.
On Tuesday, Cobb discussed his current contract situation at the NFL Network studios and gave some interesting words about the progress of his new deal.
Regarding if the Packers reached out to him to replace his rookie deal, Cobb said, "Not that I know of, my agent hasn't mentioned it to me, so I don't know if there's been any talks."
During the discussion, Cobb also mentioned that he prefers to sign a long-term deal with the Packers, but said it won't be his decision:
I would definitely love that, but unfortunately that won't be my decision. That will be on the team to come with that decision. I would love to get it out the way and not have to worry about any of the conversations or answering any questions during the season that would take away from what we're trying to do as a football team.
Green Bay has a lot of decisions to make regarding the wide receiver position. James Jones will hit the market on March 11th as an unrestricted free agent, but as mentioned previously, they also have to deal with Jordy Nelson's contract situation soon as well.
Cobb is a leader and is still in his prime, and the Packers realize that. Getting a deal done soon is definitely a priority for them. However, it seems sensible that the team would wait to deal with Cobb until they make all the necessary decisions with the 2014 free agent class.
Already one of the more proven dangerous threats at only the age of 23 (he'll turn 24 during the 2014 preseason), Cobb would be a huge commodity in free agency in 2015 if the Packers can't work out a deal. Thankfully, it sounds like he won't be the one to hold up that long-term contract.