In just a few days, the Green Bay Packers will know whether star receiver Randall Cobb will return to the club or leave for riches elsewhere. Still, with a decision not expected to come until the exclusive negotiating period deadline or even later, new reports will likely arise that further cloud the wideout's future.
But for fans hoping for a return, there is some hope.
As the article points out, there is precedent for a last-minute deal between the Packers and one of their free agents. A return for Sam Shields was completely written off last year before he agreed to a four-year, $39 million deal. While the perception of Cobb's contract status seems to change by the hour, a similar outcome remains plausible.
While Green Bay's front office haggles with Cobb, Bryan Bulaga and the team's other free agents, the Lions face the far more devastating possibility of losing Ndamukong Suh, their top defensive player and the best interior pass rusher after J.J. Watt.
While DuJuan Harris wasn't given many snaps on offense, he served as the kick returner for the majority of the 2014 season. He was disappointing in that role, gaining just 456 yards on 22 returns. In the event the Packers re-sign him, expect someone else to take on kickoffs in 2015. Meanwhile in Minnesota, the Vikings may consider releasing Greg Jennings. It will be interesting to see if the Packers consider bringing Jennings back should Cobb depart in free agency.
Jarrett Bush isn't known for making headlines, but his arrest over the past weekend landed him squarely in the crosshairs. The cornerback and special teams ace made this apology on his Twitter account:
I apologize to my fans, teammates and the Green Bay Packers for an improper decision that led to negative publicity this past weekend.
— Jarrett Bush (@Jarrettbush) March 4, 2015
Given that no charges are being pressed against him, Bush probably will get another chance with the Packers.