Randall Cobb Turns Down Bigger Offers To Stay With Packers

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Since the start of free agency way back when, most players tend to say they want to stay put, taking sometimes less money to stay comfortable with the team they are already with. With the Packers and Randall Cobb, that clearly was the case at the start of free agency. Find out what are the Packers’ odds to win NFL Super Bowl 50 at Mybookie.ag.

The veteran wide out made the right move, putting aside the chance to make more money to stay catching passes from Aaron Rodgers and playing in front of the NFL’s best fans in Green Bay.

Mind you the deal wasn’t small by any means, as Cobb will make $10 mil a season, inking a four-year deal worth $40 million. He also will get no less than $17 million of that money, a healthy sum for a the former wide out from the University of Kentucky.

Last season Cobb had a huge year for the Pack, catching 91 passes for 1287 yards and 12 touchdowns. He probably could have made more cash on the open market, as teams like the Raiders were looking to try and land a big name like Cobb for QB Derek Carr to throw passes to.

Instead he stays at a place where he will snag balls from one of the best in the game in Rodgers, and also have a chance to get to the Super Bowl.

The Packers were inches away from it last season, but blew a huge lead in Seattle in the NFC Championship game before eventually falling in overtime to the Seahawks.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson did a good job making sure the deal is good not only for the wide out, but also for the Packers, as the deal will not kill their cap space for the four years that Cobb is signed for.

Cobb and Jordy Nelson are now signed through 2018. Rodgers is set to be with the team until 2019, meaning this threesome should have their way with a lot of secondaries in the NFC as they look to again get to the Super Bowl.

For Cobb, he is close to being one of the best wide outs in the NFC right now, staying in Green Bay will do nothing but help that, as he will have one of, if not, the best QB in the game throwing to him, and have a number of great offensive players around him as well.

How Much Will The Packers Miss Hawk and Jones?

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy has clearly identified inside linebacker as the position in which he wants to see the most dramatic changes in personnel ahead of the next NFL season. The announcement that AJ Hawk has been released by the team follows hot on the heels of last week’s news that Brad Jones had also been shown the door. With the Packers having come so close to reaching their first Super Bowl since 2011 last season, there was always going to be some upheaval. But few would have predicted that the devastating NFC Championship defeat to Seattle would result in such major defensive changes.

Hard to Replace

Hawk and Jones were the Packers’ starting inside linebackers last season and to let them both go at the same time seems like a significant risk. At 31 and 28-years-old respectively, the two men should have been at the peak of their powers. They may have been coming towards the twilight of their NFL careers but their experience will be hard to replace. It has to assume that the decision to release them was in a large part dictated by the significant salaries that they both earned and the salary cap that can be made available. Indeed, releasing Hawk apparently frees up $3.5million and Jones frees up $3.75m. Hawk was released in 2011 only to be re-signed on a lower salary a day later. However, it looks unlikely that will happen again this time.

Clear Plan

Whilst losing Hawk and Jones will mean sacrificing a total of 15 years of NFL experience, all gained with the Packers, it will give Green Bay the opportunity to restructure their defence and to bring in some fresh ideas. Having taken such a bold decision, it is to be hoped that the Green Bay management have a clear plan of action and that there is a strategy in place for ensuring defensive stability next year and ensuring that Green Bay remain among those who attract interest with bettors at the likes of betfair.

Key Men

Key to any plan that may be in place will be successful defensive recruitment through the draft and, although the Packers only have 30th draft pick overall, they will certainly have a number of key men in mind. NFL general manager Charley Casserly recently highlighted two players who will be high up the Packers list of targets. These two players are Denzel Perryman, who has impressed at Miami, and Paul Dawson of TCU. If the Packers can secure either of these men in the draft, then they will be confident that Hawk and Jones can be replaced.

Bold Move

Green Bay will certainly miss their two veteran linebackers, and the decision to let them go is a gamble, but it might just turn out to be the kind of bold move that turns a Divisional Championship winning side into Super Bowl champions.

Packers Seahawks Game Review

I am huge Packer fan. That’s why my blog this week was late. I couldn’t come to grips with the loss. I was angry and frustrated like most of Packer nation. How do you lose a game with five minutes left? I want to give out game balls to those who performed above and beyond.

  1. Packers defense: The whole defense needs a game ball they kicked Seattle’s butt for nearly the whole game. Let’s finish next time.
  2. Brandon Bostick: What? I know that’s what you’re saying. But, that one play lose the game. Leave the young man alone. The pain he’s feeling pails in  comparison the words we attack him with.
  3. Mason Crosby: The guy was amazing. If it wasn’t for that two point conversion by Seattle. He kicked the game winner. Stay focused Crosby I guarantee we will need you in the future.
  4. Offensive line: Your right Josh Sitton you did kick their ass. To bad it was not enough.

Deflated game balls:

  1. The whole Packer nation: That’s what we all feel right now.
  2. Julius Peppers: Next time, check the clock.
  3. Shawn Slocum: Coach your guys better or find another job.

That’s all I have to say about the game. I won’t watch the Super bowl. One team is lucky to be there and the other team cheats. I rather watch two class organizations play. That’s why I am watching the replay of Super bowl 45 Packers and Steelers.

Aaron Rodgers Loses His Mind On Facebook

The guys over at Pro Football Mock released their latest edition of NFL QB’s Talking Trash on Facebook, and this one shows Aaron Rodgers losing his goddamn mind when he learns that yesterday’s game wasn’t just a bad dream. Enjoy!

 
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Aaron Rodgers “We Can’t Blame Anybody But Ourselves”

Like the rest of his Packers teammates in a dejected visitors locker room, All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers lamented not doing the little things Sunday to put away an NFC Championship Game they’d mostly dominated, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports.

“It’s going to be a missed opportunity that I’ll probably think about for the rest of my career,’’ Rodgers said. “We were the better team today. We played well enough to win. We can’t blame anybody but ourselves.’’

“We’ve finished out games before,” said Rodgers, who went 19 for 34 for 178 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while hampered by a calf-muscle injury. “With four minutes (left), we had a chance to do some things and we didn’t do it.”

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WR Cobb Spent Three Hours in Hospital Night Before NFC Title Game

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Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb spent three hours in the hospital last night, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports. Doctors thought Cobb might have appendicitis.

Cobb, who thought he might need his appendix removed, felt terrible at the time but was active for Sunday’s NFC championship game and played in the eventual OT loss.

Cobb played in 16 regular-season games this season, hauling in 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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