The New York Jets continue their transformation into an alternate version of the Green Bay Packers. The latest move came Monday when the team announced the signing of veteran wide receiver and longtime Packer Randall Cobb. According to Cobb, it’s a one-year contract ESPN.
Cobb reunites with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who officially took over the team last week in a deal with Green Bay for the NFL Draft. The 32-year-old has been a trusted option for Rodgers throughout his tenure and given his free agent status this offseason, it’s not too much of a shock to see these two reunite in New York.
Cobb is entering his 13th season in the NFL and 10th with Rodgers as his quarterback. He initially entered the league as the Packers’ second-round pick in 2011 from Kentucky. He spent the first eight years of his career in Green Bay before leaving for free agency in 2019 and signing a deal with the Cowboys. After spending a year in Dallas, Cobb signed with the Houston Texans for the 2020 campaign before being reacquired by the Packers in the summer of 2021 at the request of Rodgers in an off-season trade.
At this stage in his career, Cobb isn’t the 60-plus catch receiver he was during his first tenure with the Packers, but he will still be a trusted option for Rodgers in the passing game. He now joins a Jets wide receiver room that has seen quite a bit of turnover this offseason. In addition to bringing in Cobb, New York also signed fellow ex-Packer Allen Lazard along with former Chiefs speedster Mecole Hardman. That trio is now paired with reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson.
One of the more interesting side stories to watch arising from this signing of Cobb could be the status of veteran receiver Corey Davis. He owes $10.5 million in base salary, but none of it is guaranteed. With four other receivers considered roster lockouts, Davis could be the odd one out as a cap casualty if he doesn’t renegotiate.