Randall Cobb has spent the greater part of the past decade as a member of the Green Bay Packers. The franchise parted ways with the veteran wide receiver at the end of his prime. After two seasons apart, the two sides have reunited. Cobb considers Green Bay his home and has embraced the return to the team who gave him his first opportunity.
Randall Cobb spent the his first eight NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers selected Randall Cobb with the No. 64 overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Kentucky. Cobb was a swiss-army knife in college, playing both wide receiver and quarterback. His versatility is one of the reasons the Packers front office had him on their draft board.
Cobb caught just 25 passes as a rookie, totaling 375 receiving yards and one touchdown. He also scored two special team touchdowns en route to being named to the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team.
The Kentucky alum’s production increased in the seasons that followed, as the young receiver built rapport with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cobb saw his target total more than triple, as Rodgers targeted him 104 times during his sophomore season.
In eight seasons with the Packers, he recorded 470 receptions for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns. Cobb earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2004 after putting together the best season of his career.
Cobb and the Packers parted ways after the 2018 season. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in free agency.
Life after Randall Cobb in Green Bay
Randall Cobb had just one 1,000-yard receiving season for the Packers, but his impact extended well beyond the stat sheet. He built a bond with Aaron Rodgers.
The Maryville, Tennessee native played primarily out of the slot, and thrived in that role. Unfortunately, Rodgers hasn’t enjoyed the luxury of having a capable slot receiver since Cobb left town. The only reliable receiving weapon the Packers star has played with over the past few seasons is Davante Adams.
Rodgers pleaded for the Packers front office to put some more reliable weapons around him. They never did. Instead, they drafted another quarterback, Jordan Love, in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The relationship between Rodgers and the franchise has soured. However, the signal-caller is suiting up for Green Bay in 2021.
As for Cobb, he spent the 2018 season in Dallas. He caught 55 passes for 828 yards and three touchdowns. Then, he signed with the Houston Texans before the 2019 season. He saw a significant dip in production, recording only 38 receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns.
Randall Cobb is happy to be back in Green Bay
The Packers acquired Cobb from the Houston Texans in the offseason before the 2021 season. They traded away a sixth-round pick to Houston in exchange for the veteran wideout.
Things came full circle for the 31-year-old receiver. With the trade, he got the opportunity to re-join the franchise that drafted him. “Man, it feels good to be a Packer,” Cobb said in an article he wrote for The Players Tribune.
Cobb dedicated eight years of his life to the Packers franchise and the city of Green Bay. It became his home.
That was a tough time, I won’t lie. The Packers were the only franchise I’d ever known. They’re the franchise that drafted me and developed me. I grew into a playoff captain and a Pro Bowl player with them — and I was extremely proud of that.Randall Cobb
Even though Cobb is well beyond the prime of his career, he brings with him valuable experiences and leadership. Not to mention, it has to be a good feeling for Aaron Rodgers to have another person in the locker room that he can trust.
The 11-year veteran receiver reflected on the moment he realized the Packers would not bring him back in 2018. “It definitely stung,” he said. “Demoralizing, to be honest. I felt like I still had a lot left in the tank, a lot of high-level football left to give. But the Packers were ready to move on.”
Fast forward to 2021, and Randall Cobb is embracing being back. “I know how good it feels to be a Green Bay Packer again.”
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