Three NFL news items caught my attention this evening as I surfed around in between glimpses of American Idol and the Olympics … those three items included the future of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, the NFL competition committee considering the lengthening of extra points and the possibility of Chicago Bears receiver/kick returner Devin Hester heading to Tampa Bay.
Cobb paid a visit to the NFL Network studios this week and was asked about the potential of contract talks and extension of his rookie contract.
“My agent hasn’t mentioned it to me, so I don’t know if there’s been any talks,” Cobb said.
He went on about the possibility of the Packers approaching him before he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2014 season:
“I would definitely love that. But unfortunately that won’t be my decision. That will be on the team to come to me with that decision.”
“I would love to get it out the way and not to 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.”
Packers fans understand that this is a no-brainer. Cobb, in addition to Jordy Nelson, has become the Packers’ most valuable receiver – evidenced by his performance at the end of last season. The 23-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and if it’s going to be in Green and Gold it would behoove the Packers to draw up the papers and pay the man.
If they don’t, there will most certainly be a long line of teams behind them willing to break their bank for him.
Lengthening the extra point
As in many instances, here is an example of the NFL making a rule that really doesn’t have to be made. Well, if they really want to put some pop into the place-kicking game, then they should take a look at the field goal. I think that if they go about making the extra point more than automatic, the league should also make it so that a 50-yard-plus field goal is worth four points. Now, that would provide some new strategy for the game.
And finally, we have heard that Lovie Smith and Devin Hester could be reunited in Tampa Bay.
Well, how nice.
I wouldn’t be hurt if that were to come to pass. For the first time in a long time the Packers would be rid of a thorn in their side. Hester going to a different division would provide each and every special teams coach in the NFC North a chance to take a deep breath. Every time Hester touches the ball for the Bears, I hold my breath. I’m tired of that … c’mon Lovie. Take Hester away. The sooner, the better.