What’s Next For Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb?
Earlier this week, we talked about changes that might be coming for the Green Bay Packers in 2018. One of those invovled Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb’s future with the team. This was before Davante Adams signed an extension that will put him at 14 million dollars a year. There’s no way that Nelson, Cobb and Adams will get a combined 32 million in 2018. That just will not happen. Ted Thompson is the king of structuring deals to be back loaded, so, Adams may make significantly less next year. Still, it doesn’t escape the fact that Jordy and Randall should take a paycut in order to stay on this team.
The question is which one will get the call about restructure? Will both players get kindly asked to get on board with the plan? I have no idea at this point. Nelson looked completely out of sorts when Aaron Rodgers was not on the field this season. He’s getting up there in age, and the Packers receiver didn’t show some of the same burst as he did in the past. NFL is a business, but I feel like Nelson is pretty content being a Packer and that’s it. Maybe he’d retire after next season, and if that’s the case, I wonder what Nelson would think about taking less money in his final year? Probably not great.
As for Randall, I feel like this could be a Casey Hayward or Micah Hyde situation where the system is keeping him down. I feel like there are other NFL teams that could utilize him better. Green Bay needs a total refresh on both sides of the ball to adapt to 2017 (Another story for another time). What Cobb has going from him versus Nelson is his age as he’s only 25. People forget that. Hell, I forget that. He’s a young player. Cobb hasn’t reach his prime yet as a player. Green Bay should hold on to that asset. Would Cobb get 10 million on the open market? Probably not. Would he get seven to eight? Absolutely. If Cobb were let go, he’d be a hot commodity. This isn’t like letting Greg Jennings or others walk from the team.
Any way you slice it this is an awkward conversation Green Bay has to have with two of their most notable players. Any move of releasing the players will cause a firestorm among the media. These two are known for controlling the story to give a favorable approach. At the end of the day, you can’t have your wide receiver crew making over 30 million in salary cap money.