Aaron Rodgers gets Randall Cobb as Packers trade for receiver

Aaron Rodgers wants Randall Cobb back on the Packers roster, and GM Brian Gutekunst is working on getting it done quickly.

Aaron Rodgers is coming back to the Green Bay Packers for this season, with a reworked contract and perhaps more say in personnel decisions. After Trey Wingo (now of Pro Football Network) suggested Rodgers would only come back to the Packers if Randall Cobb was brought back, GM Brian Gutekunst has reportedly gotten that move done.

Other reports say the Packers are working on bringing Cobb back into the fold, which suggests it’s not quite yet a done deal. One year into a three-year, $27 million deal with the Houston Texans, he’s set to count for nearly $8.5 million against the cap this year if his contract is taken on as is. But that doesn’t account for any players (salary) the Packers may send back to Houston, or what the Texans might do on their end with a contract restructure to accommodate the move for Cobb.

Randall Cobb was once one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets

Cobb spent the first eight seasons of his career (2011-2018) with the Packers. From 2012-2017, he had at least 60 receptions in five of six seasons with over 100 targets three times. His best season came in 2014, with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Cobb then spent the 2019 campaign with the Dallas Cowboys, with 55 receptions for 828 yards and three scores. Before being sidelined for the season by a toe injury last year, he had 38 receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns for the Texans.

A lack of resources devoted to weapons who can help him has been an easy bone for Rodgers to pick with the Packers’ front office. Acquiring Cobb at this point in his career is more of a band-aid than a significant fix, but Rodgers apparently wants him and Gutekunst is heeding that wish.