Over the next two weeks, we will take a look at each position group on the Packers and provide grades and insight on how they performed in the 2014 season. Today, we'll be looking at the running back position. Follow along with all of our positional breakdowns here.
To wrap up our look at the Packers' wide receivers, we examine those headed to free agency. This year only two players at the position enter the offseason without a contract, and only one will be unrestricted free agent come March 10th.
Years in NFL: 4
Status: Unrestricted free agent
Expiring contract: Four years, $3,209,421
2014 details: $812,648 base salary, $208,531 prorated signing bonus
2014 stats: 16 games, 126 targets, 91 receptions, 1,287 receiving yards, 12 touchdown catches, 14 carries, 112 rushing yards
After injuries delayed Randall Cobb's breakout in 2013, everything came together in 2014. Cobb remained healthy for the entire season and became perhaps the league's top slot receiver. He garnered the second-highest targets on the team after Jordy Nelson and became a go-to option on third down.
Accordingly, the Packers certainly want Cobb back in 2015 but only at a reasonable price. For as well as he performs in the slot, Cobb hasn't made many plays from the boundary. While that isn't necessary in Green Bay's offense, it should limit his price tag in free agency. However, if a cap-flush team like the Oakland Raiders decides to blow him out of the water with an offer that pays eight-figures annually, the Packers are more likely to let Cobb walk and turn to one of their many young receivers instead.
Years in NFL: 3
Expiring contract: Three years, $1.44 million
2014 details: $570,000 base salary
2014 stats: 13 games, 12 targets, three receptions, 23 receiving yards
A player's fortune can change very quickly in the NFL. A year ago, Jarrett Boykin delivered 49 catches for 681 yards and appeared on his way to a lengthy career as a solid-if-unspectacular wide receiver. However, Boykin struggled badly during the early portion of the Packers' schedule and lost his spot to rookie wideout Davante Adams. Boykin never recovered, and from that point he was limited to special teams duty and only a handful of snaps from scrimmage.
Boykin hits the market as a restricted free agent, meaning the Packers can tender him fairly inexpensively and effectively keep him off the market. However, given the influx of receiver talent from their most recent draft class and Boykin's disastrous 2014 season, it appears more likely that the team will simply let him walk.