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Former Packers wideout Randall Cobb to sign with Cowboys, per reports

One of the Packers’ best receivers over the past decade has left to join an NFC rival.

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Randall Cobb’s eight-year tenure with the Green Bay Packers has come to a close. On Tuesday, the veteran wide receiver has agreed to a deal to join the Dallas Cowboys, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cobb will sign a one-year contract worth $5 million.

Cobb joins a Cowboys receiving corps that just saw Cole Beasley leave in free agency. Cobb should slide in as the top slot receiver in the offense, giving quarterback Dak Prescott a reliable target on short and intermediate throws.

As for the Packers, Cobb’s departure opens up a considerable amount of targets in what projects as a pass-heavy offense. Rising second-year wideout Equanimeous St. Brown saw meaningful action as a slot receiver during the second half of 2018 and could continue to develop in that role. The team might also target a receiver during the upcoming draft to add competition for Cobb’s vacated spot.

A second-round draft pick in 2011, Cobb quickly became one of the most important members of the Packers offense and special teams. In his first regular-season game, he returned a kickoff for a touchdown and added another as a receiver. Cobb emerged as a featured weapon during his second season, falling just 46 yards short of the 1,000. Injuries cost Cobb much of his third season. Still, he returned to make the biggest play of the year, a game-winning, division-clinching touchdown in the final minute of Week 17.

Cobb went on to post his first 1,000-yard season as a receiver in 2014, earning a Pro Bowl nod in the process. The Packers rewarded Cobb with a four-year, $40 million contract the following offseason.

Cobb’s productivity waned following his breakout campaign. Injuries cost him 11 games over the past four years and, in the case of a significant shoulder injury in 2015, severely limited him in others. He never again recorded more than 79 receptions or 829 yards in a season, and his yearly touchdown output dipped significantly over that stretch. Those reasons help explain why the Packers let one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ favorite pass catchers depart in free agency.

Barring a future return to Green Bay, Cobb finishes his Packers career with 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. He also produced another 352 yards on 59 carries as well as three scores as a return man.