Jordy Nelson was released by the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday after 10 years with the team, and it’s safe to say his departure leaves a big hole.
Teammates Aaron Rodgers, who was Nelson’s quarterback their entire time together, shared a tribute to Nelson on Instagram:
“Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business. There will never be another quite like white lightning. #leader #brother #friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD” Rodgers wrote.
Randall Cobb, who was drafted by the Packers in 2011 and formed a dynamic tandem at receiver along with Nelson, posted this message on Instagram:
“87- It has been a pleasure to line up next to you! You showed a 20 yr kid what it meant to be a pro. I can’t thank you enough for what you have meant to my career!
Thank you for being an example of what a good man, husband, & father looks like. I value the friendship that we created over the years! Thank you for standing by my side on one of the biggest days of my life! We’re family and always will be!
#EndOfAnEra #187” Cobb wrote.
During his career with the Packers, Nelson caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. He is reportedly set to visit with an interesting AFC team in free agency.
The Green Bay Packers could look different on offense next year due to some big decisions looming.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Rob Demovsky reported Friday that, after signing a long-term contract with wide receiver Davante Adams, two other highly-paid Green Bay receivers — Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson — could face a pay cut or a release after the season.
The Packers have committed themselves to Adams, which could be bad news for the other two. Though Cobb and Nelson have been favorite targets of Aaron Rodgers, the financial realities of the league mean that one or both could be shown the door unless they give some money back.
Randall Cobb was not at all happy about the hit from Thomas Davis that concussed his Green Bay Packers teammate, Davante Adams.
Davis leveled a defenseless Adams with a blindside hit following an Aaron Rodgers interception during Sunday’s game, which left the wide receiver concussed.
After the game, multiple talked about the play. Cobb said he was “pissed off” about the unnecessary hit.
“I was pretty pissed off at first when I saw the replay at how unnecessary it was. But once I saw ‘Tae’ moving, he was all right and I was happy to see he was able to walk off the field,” Cobb said, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy also said many of the team’s players felt the hit was dirty.
Davis, who has stressed player safety in the past, at least felt badly about the hit.
NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.
With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team.
Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, tight end
The Cardinals put an emphasis on re-signing tight end Jermaine Gresham and as a result, may have drastically over-paid for him. He hasn’t had over 460 yards receiving since 2012, has seen his catch rate hover around 60% in each of the previous two seasons and hasn’t scored more than two touchdowns since 2014. Those are mediocre numbers at best for a player signed to a four-year, $28 million contract with $16.5 million guaranteed.
Atlanta Falcons – Brooks Reed, defensive end
Brooks Reed is not exactly a bad player — he’s a high-motor guy who plays a very defined role. Of course, when the Falcons signed him to a five-year, $22 million deal in 2015 they expected much more. Instead, what they’ve gotten for $9 million guaranteed is 42 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 28 games.
Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco, quarterback
When the Ravens signed Joe Flacco to a monstrous $120.6 million deal in 2013, many foresaw potential issues looming. However, at the time, Flacco was coming off of a magical postseason run that culminated with a Super Bowl XLVII victory. He had earned his money. But in 2016, facing a massive cap number, Baltimore was forced to extend Flacco with a three-year, $66.4 million deal. Now under contract through 2021, Flacco has cap hits above $24 million beginning next year and throughout the remainder of his deal, large dead cap numbers that render him uncuttable and guarantees that make him untradeable. Arguably, it’s the worst contract in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson served as groomsmen for one of their teammate’s weddings over the weekend.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb tied the knot with his now-wife on Saturday, and he had his quarterback and fellow receiver as part of his wedding party.
Actor Ariya Ghahramani, who is the bride’s sister, shared this photo on Instagram of the groomsmen. You can see Rodgers in the front row and Nelson behind him.
That’s a lot of NFL talent in one room. Matter of fact, it’s 98 regular season receiving touchdowns worth of talent in one room.
US Weekly says Rodgers attended the wedding by himself as he recently broke up with girlfriend Olivia Munn.
The Green Bay Packers’ backfield may soon be putting the phrase “emergency depth” to the ultimate test.
The Packers announced on Saturday that backup running back James Starks has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys with a knee injury. With starter Eddie Lacy also listed as questionable due to an ankle issue, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports that Randall Cobb, along with fellow wide receiver Ty Montgomery, could be in line to see some snaps at running back for Green Bay.
Lacy’s status seems to be truly up in the air, while Bergman also notes that the only other available “running back” on the Packers’ active roster is Aaron Ripkowski, a fullback.
Cobb, the ex-Pro Bowler, actually has 314 rushing yards on 45 career carries as he is sometimes used by the Packers on end-arounds and other gimmick plays out of the backfield. But nevertheless, the injuries to Green Bay’s tailbacks are turning this into a truly wacky situation similar to what we saw in New England earlier this season.
Randall Cobb had a big game against the Giants on Sunday. However, his evening also included a big hit that had teammates and fans concerned.
Prior to the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, Cobb made a crucial third down conversion. At the end of the play he took a shot to the back of his head and neck area from Landon Collins. Thankfully, Cobb got up on his own and passed a concussion test after the game.
When asked about the hit, Cobb said after seeing so many people standing over him he thought the worst.
“I laid there for a second,” Cobb said, according to Packers News. “Then I turned over and, like, I had 15 faces in front of me. So I thought I had died or something. They kind of scared me more than anything. Yeah, I took a shot, and it hurt, but whenever I saw everybody standing around me, I thought I had died. And then I felt, I saw I could move my fingers and my feet. So I knew it was all right.”
That’s pretty scary stuff. Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad as it looked live.
Cobb finished Sunday’s game with nine receptions for 108 yards. It was his first game with 100+ yards since last September and the most catches he’s had since December 2014.
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Aaron Rodgers said recently that he believes Randall Cobb suffered a punctured lung in a playoff game last year because he was wearing a microphone for NFL Films. Cobb agrees, and the Green Bay Packers wide receiver says it is not going to happen again.
“I’ll never be mic’d up again,” Cobb said Thursday, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Cobb says he was coughing up blood after he fell on the microphone in Green Bay’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Packers initially said Cobb had a bruised lung, but he later described it as a puncture. Fortunately, he has recovered fully and not missed any practice time.
“This [microphone] theory isn’t anything new,” Cobb said. “It’s something we’ve talked about plenty of times. There’s no way to prove it, but there’s no way to disprove it, either.”
Rodgers had an even stronger opinion about players being mic’d up. You can read what he said about it recently here.
Even if you agree with the concept of players being mic’d up, there needs to be equipment that won’t pose a safety risk. If Cobb’s injury was, in fact, a direct result of the microphone he was wearing, something needs to be done.
After the Redskins erased a 24-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers earlier this season, an understandably pumped up Kirk Cousins screamed “You like that!” on his way back to the locker room. It became a thing and there were even t-shirts made with proceeds of the sales going to a worthy cause.
On Sunday, after the Packers defeated the Redskins 35-18 in their wild card game, Cobb mocked the now famous phrase from Cousins.
If it wasn’t Cobb, it was going to be someone from the Packers, right?
Cobb finished the game with three catches for 38 yards and five rushes for 24 yards. While Kirk Cousins surely doesn’t like the fact that his team’s season is now over, Randall Cobb added the final nail in the coffin with this one.
The Green Bay Packers have had some issues on offense this season, and Randall Cobb holds himself responsible.
The Packers picked up just 77 passing yards last Sunday against Denver and rank 28th in total yards this season, an unusual spot for a typically high-powered offense quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers. It’s Cobb, though, Green Bay’s number one receiver, who is taking responsibility.
“I feel like it’s my fault,” Cobb said, via ESPN. “I feel like it’s on me. I’ve got to make more plays when I get opportunities.”
Cobb hasn’t caught a touchdown since week three. His coaches, however, aren’t that worried.
“I’m not looking for guys to come out of themselves and try to be something else,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “Randall just needs to keep being Randall. The best thing about Randall, he feels good, he’s healthy. Frankly, I thought he played pretty good in the Denver game. He’s like the rest of our prime-time players, he just needs more opportunities.”
Cobb refused to use the preseason injury to Jordy Nelson as an excuse for Green Bay’s woes.
“I don’t know what you want from me. I don’t know what you want to hear,” Cobb told reporters when asked if the Nelson injury had impacted him. “I’m going to go out and I’m going to play better for this team. I’m going to do more. I’m going to be the best Randall I can be.”
Green Bay’s next game is against the tough defense of the undefeated Carolina Panthers, so it won’t get any easier for them from here.