The Green Bay Packers wanted to bring Randall Cobb back, and they’ve agreed a deal with the Houston Texans that looks to be a win-win.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Packers will send the Texans a sixth-round pick with Cobb returning home to Green Bay. Interestingly, Houston is expected to pay $3 million of Cobb’s salary.
For the Packers, it’s a great deal. They get Cobb back without having to take on the full salary-cap hit from the Texans.
From Houston’s perspective it may look like a bad move to give away a talented player for next to nothing while still paying $3 million, but it’s a team in rebuild mode, so it gets an opportunity to move on from a player with a big salary and create some cap space. Cobb likely wasn’t in the Texans’ long-term plans as he turns 31 next month.
It’s a move that will please Aaron Rodgers and also one that should excite Packers fans. Cobb can still play at a high level and he now gives the Packers a great option in the slot alongside rookie Amari Rodgers, who Cobb has mentored in the past.
Cobb tweeted earlier today that he’s “coming home”.
According to Pro Football Focus, since 2006, Cobb has the third highest passer rating when targeted (134.4). He now gets to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers once again after spending two years in Texas, one with the Dallas Cowboys and one with the Houston Texans.
In potentially Rodgers’ final season with the Packers, it should be an interesting one.
It’s certainly noteworthy that the Packers have traded for Cobb, a sign they’re going all-in for one last Super Bowl push with Rodgers. It’s hard to imagine they would have made a move like this even a year ago.
It will be great to see Cobb back in Green Bay this season.