So this tweet dropped last night from Cream City, whoever the hell that is.
— Cream City Central (@CreamCityCtral) February 25, 2019
Michael Silver is the real source here, is an NFL that guy that gets some scoops but let’s look at what this means for the Packers.
For one, this shouldn’t be surprising to any Packer fans out there. This situation has been written on the wall for Matthews since the start of this year, and Cobb was very likely to end up here too. Both of these guys can still play. I think people forget how young Randall Cobb is. He played his first game in 2011 at 21 years old, he is only 28 now. For a WR, that leaves him 3-4 year left in his prime, and I still believe Cobb can be a very solid slot WR. The problem with the Packers for Cobb is Geronimo Allison is younger, cheaper, and look like a better WR right now. Also, ESQ showed up nicely towards the end of the year. Both of those guys could step into the slot WR position for the Packers and put up the same stats Cobb did this year.
Matthews on the other hand is done being a 3 down OLB. He has slowly progressed at getting worse against the run, and in coverage. Make no mistake about it though, he can still rush the passer. Do the Packers want to pay a premium for him to just rush the passer though? I don’t know, the Packers had a chance to keep Julius Peppers when he clearly had some pep left in his step and they let him walk back to Carolina.
Here’s what will happen. The Packers will probably offer both of these guys cheap deals. Cobb might get a two or three deal offer, while Matthews will probably get a one or two year offer but both will be small. These guys will be allowed to test the market and see what they can get.
If you ask me what guy has the best chance of being in Packers uniform next year? I say Randall Cobb. He has stated before how much he loves playing in Green Bay and how much he loves playing with Aaron Rodgers. Unlike Greg Jennings, Cobb knows he has it good and it would be dumb of him to leave. However this is still a business and if a team is offering Cobb a few million more a year, its hard to turn that down. The other thing we have to consider here is new coach Matt LaFleur. We have no idea what LaFleur thinks of Cobb. If he loves him, the Packers might give him a more juicy offer.
If this is the end of it though, these two will go down as favorites among Packer fans. Both guys came in and made immediate impacts, both guys have been apart of great Packers runs, games, and moments since they were drafted. Loved watching both of these guys play and I’ll miss rooting for them on Sunday’s if it comes to that. Go Pack Go!