Randall Cobb is entering an important offseason.
Cobb is a free agent this offseason; will he be playing in Green Bay or for another team in 2019?
Here’s our review of Cobb’s 2018 season, and we’ll also look ahead to whether the Packers should re-sign him this offseason.
2018 season in review
Entering a contract year, Cobb got off to the best possible start in Week 1 against the Bears, catching nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, including a 75-yard game-winner late in the fourth quarter.
But Cobb struggled in Week 3 at Washington, bringing in just four of 11 targets for 22 yards. It was a disappointing performance, made worse by an injury that would keep Cobb out for multiple weeks.
After putting up 142 yards in the season opener, Cobb would finish with just 241 yards and a touchdown in the following eight games.
The offense struggled without Cobb while he was injured, but this was the third season in a row he was unable to complete all 16 games.
Looking ahead to 2019 season
Despite finishing the season with just 383 yards (second-lowest total in his career) and two touchdowns, Cobb could still be part of the team’s plans in 2019.
Cobb is a free agent this offseason, but it’s unlikely he’ll get a big contract. There’s every chance the Packers will have the opportunity to bring him back at the right price. It’s a matter of if general manager Brian Gutekunst and new head coach Matt LaFleur see Cobb as an important part of the offense.
There’s certainly a case to be made that the Packers should re-sign Cobb. While he’s been unable to stay healthy often enough, the offense is better with him on the field.
With LaFleur bringing in a new scheme, Cobb could be a key part of the offense in screen passes and over the middle of the field. I’d love to see what Cobb can do in LaFleur’s offense.
He’s still only 28 years old, and if the Packers could bring him back on either a two-year deal or even a one-year “prove it” contract, it would make a lot of sense.
It’s possible they move forward with their younger receivers, but I believe Cobb can still be an important part of the Green Bay Packers offense entering 2019.