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.