Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers should sign either Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb to extension before season


There has been a lot made about the Green Bay Packers wide receiver situation and what the team plans on doing moving forward as contracts run out and need to be renewed. Two of those players are Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb and their contracts need to be addressed in the immediate future if they are to remain on the team long term.

In his May 24th column, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com was asked about wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb and whether the pair will be signed to extensions before the start of the 2014-15 regular season.

 It would be a surprise if at least one of them did not get done before September. Randall Cobb is a must re-sign because he’s a budding star. Jordy Nelson‘s case is a little bit trickier. He’s going to be 29 next week. That’s hardly old, but you have to think down the road. If he does a four- or five-year deal, he will be 33 or 34 years old by the end of it. Can he still be effective at that age?

Cobb is coming off a 2013-14 campaign where he caught 31 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns in six games. Nelson led the Pacers with 85 receptions for 1314 yards (10th in NFL) and eight touchdowns.

Even though he was out for over half the season, Demovsky still has high hopes for Cobb, referring to him in his piece as a “budding star.”

He shows some hesitation in the Packers re-signing Nelson because of his age. A five-year deal would make Nelson 34 years old by the time his contract expires. It’s hard to imagine him putting up consistently strong numbers at that stage in his career. Would be be worth the investment?

The team has roughly $15 million in salary cap space to spend on players. Fans would be devastated if two of their best playmaking receivers weren’t around next season, so hopefully reasonable deals can be reached with both individuals.

You can read Demovsky’s entire column by clicking here. You can also check out Ray Rivard’s piece over at Lombardiave.com to find out his two cents on the story.

Tags: Green Bay Packers Jordy Nelson Randall Cobb

  • Phillip

    I think it’s ridiculous to doubt Jordy Nelson putting up consistently high numbers over the next 4 or 5 years, 33, 34 years old is not so old for a WR, acting as if WR is like a RB. Anquan Boldin who will be 34 this year, is coming off a 85 catch, 1,179 yard, 7 TD season, Terrell Owens at 34 put up 81 catches for 1,355 yards and 15 TD’s, Donald Driver had the best stretch of his career from 29-34, catching 70+ passes and putting up 6 straight 1,000 yard seasons catching 35 total TD’s. Jordy playing his career out in Green Bay, there’s no reason and he can’t consistently be our leading receiver putting up 1,000+ yards n 8-12 TD’s consistently working with Aaron Rodgers. Jordy’s age shouldn’t be a factor in giving him his new deal, and these 3 drafted WR’s this year shouldn’t factor in either, only thing that should effect is Jarrett Boykin seeing as how his deal is up next year too. It’s not like a 5th and 7th round WR are guaranteed to become stars, they aren’t even guaranteed roster spots, how many 5th and 7th round WR’s we’ve had make an impact the last 6 years??? It could be a major mistake letting either of our 2 WR’s go, if that happened and than the 3 drafted players don’t develop the way Green Bay hoped, that could really put the offense in a bind. There’s absolutely no reason why Ted Thompson should even be considering letting either Jordy or Cobb go, both should get new deals here more sooner than later. Would think if Ted Thompson had any intention of letting either of the 2 go he would of brought back James Jones at his cheap price tag.

  • K.L.

    Cobb first, Nelson later.

    • Phillip

      Nelson is more deserving of a new deal before Cobb, if they intend on getting both done, they need to show respect to the veteran 1st, especially after he’s outplayed his current deal by a far, he’s earned it and Ted Thompson should reward him before the season starts.

  • Jeff

    Sign them both if need be cut some of these CB’s that do nothing but take up space and open our cap up a little higher to pay 2 of our play makers. Im sorry but our defense needs work the players we are paying top dollar for just don’t make the cut for the price IMO…for example Shields should have not got paid that much IMO one of these UDFA’s will do just as good of a job as he has at a far more cheaper price…giving these loser CB’s top dollar is where we are messing up with our cap…this years draft and UDFA’s we brought in is a step forward IMO now we need to start cutting these guys that have not done their job and been getting paid good money to mess up.

    • Phillip

      Wow, you sound a little lost. Shields just signed a new deal, he won’t be going anywhere for a while, what sense would that make anyway??? Sign a guy to a 4 year deal just 2 months ago and cut him right away?? The dead money would be almost as much as his cap number will be over the next 2 seasons. Plus there isn’t an undrafted FA on this roster that could step in and do half as good a job as Shields does, that’s just insane to think, it that was the truth a veteran like Bush or House would of done it 2 years ago, or anybody else but nobody did. Shields is 1 of the best man to man coverage corners in the NFL, with solid Safety play it’s gonna open up things to let Shields be more aggressive, dudes had 13 INT’s in 4 years, not many other CB’s have had that many. You’re actually really lost!!! As of right now Green Bay’s gonna have around 25 mil in caps space anyway next season, that’s before doing something about the huge cap hit Peppers will be, after that’s dropped Green Bay should be right back around 35 mil in cap space even before doing Nelson and Cobb’s deals, the money is gonna be there to get both done without any problem, plus probably get guys like Bulaga, Raji and other resigned.

      • Jeff

        I know they just signed him to a deal my point is they should have never paid him top dollar because he is not worth the money he is getting IMO

        • Phillip

          Guys that can cover 1 on 1 like Shields can are worth the money, i agree almost 10 was probably a little high, but still around 7 or 8 should of been about right, he was solid vs a few of the top WR’s in the game, In the 5 games facing Calvin, Gordon, Green, and Marshall, Shields only allowed 8 catches for 129 yards and 1 TD and picked off 2 when thrown at. A shutout against Gordon, 1 catch for 37 yards vs Marshall between both games, just 3 catches for 36 yards against Calvin with a pick on the jump ball in the endzone and than 4 catches for 46 yards vs AJ Green with 1 TD and 1 INT. Over the entire year when targeted, Shields allowed a 50% comp rate, a 72.7 passer rating and 664 yards on the year, and over 1/3 of those yards given up, 264 of em were weeks 1 and 2, so over his next 12 games he only gave up 400 yards when thrown at, just 30 yards a game average. Shields is very much worth big money, with just getting into his prime, getting better at the position and with better help behind him he should only get continue to get better. And like i said cutting him would make no sense, over the next 2 seasons his cap hit is only 2 mil more than what it’d be if they just cut him, he’s gonna be worth the money when it’s all said and done.

          • Phillip

            Like i said too, after Peppers contract is dropped next year, we’ll be back right around 35 mil in cap space before doing Nelson and Cobb’s deals, the money will be there to get em done without any problem. They’ll still have the money to work Raji, Bulaga, Barclay and even Tramon Williams if they want too and still have a good chunk of cap space left over.

          • Jeff

            Either way I just hope we can get them both signed I do agree with you that they deserve long term contracts and our team can not afford to lose them…

          • Phillip

            Yeah, i believe they’ll both get done more sooner than later, think Finley could be having an impact on the time it’s taking, if he don’t get healthy or isn’t resigned, we have around 12 mil in cap space that can be used this year on part of Nelson and Cobb’s signing bonuses to help lessen the caps hits in the future slightly, they can give Jordy an extension in the 4 year 40 mil range, but restructure his current deal into it making it 5 years 43.05, give him a signing bonus around 20 and it’d make his 2014 cap hit 4 mil higher. Then they could also do the same thing with Cobb. If Finley is brought back they might only be able to do 1, as much as i’d love to see Finley back, i kind of just wish they’d move on so we could hurry up and see the Nelson and Cobb deals done, i’ll be pretty upset if Ted Thompson lost 1 of them next year, tell ya the truth, as much as i like Shields, i would rather of seen that money go to Jordy and Cobb than him if there’s a chance of losing either of them.

          • Jeff

            That was my point also he is not worth the money they paid him…but let’s see if Phillip is right and with our safety position getting a face lift now if it free’s up Shield’s more and he make’s even a bigger splash this year. If he does then he will at least earn that money :)