Many wondered what the heck the Houston Texans were thinking when they traded away DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona on Monday. And while it’s still quite appropriate to ask why they traded Hopkins, at least we know they had some other plans in mind.
The Texans have agreed to terms on a 3-year, $27 million deal with Randall Cobb. The deal calls for Cobb to be paid $18.75 million guaranteed, NFL Network’s James Jones says.
Cobb had a productive season for the Cowboys last year, catching 55 passes for 828 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll be 30 in August though, and the Texans are giving him a nice chunk of guaranteed money.
It’s almost as if Houston would have just been better off keeping Hopkins, who is one of the best receiving threats in the NFL, rather than trade him for David Johnson and effectively Cobb, while not even getting a first-round pick in return.
The Dallas Cowboys made more head-scratching decisions in their latest disappointing loss on Sunday, but Jason Garrett insists they were calculated and not the result of disorganization.
The Cowboys had the ball at the Philadelphia Eagles’ 23-yard line trailing 17-9 with 1:26 left in the game. After Prescott threw an incomplete pass intended for Amari Cooper on third down, both Cooper and Randall Cobb were subbed out of the game for 4th-and-8. Cobb had been effective in the game prior to that with five catches for 73 yards, and many wondered if Cooper was hurt. He said he was not.
“The coaches took me out,” Cooper told reporters after the game, via David Helman of Cowboys.com. “I just ran a deep ball and they took me out.”
In an interview on 105.3 The Fan Monday morning, Garrett confirmed that Cooper was pulled off the field. He said the Cowboys intentionally went with a two-tight end set for the play and got the look they wanted but failed to execute.
While that may reflect poorly on offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, it certainly doesn’t help Garrett’s cause. It’s hard to justify not having two of your top receivers on the field for a must-convert 4th-and-8, though questionable decisions have become the norm for Garrett in what will likely be his final season in Dallas.
Garrett also decided not to go for it late in the game on 4th-and-1 when he punted and 4th-and-4 when he opted for a field goal. The Cowboys could have clinched the NFC East with a win, and now they need two things to happen in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs. Garrett could, in theory, save his job if Dallas gets into the postseason and makes a run, but there’s no reason to expect that to happen at this point.
The Dallas Cowboys are signing wide receiver Randall Cobb, and they appear to be overpaying for him.
Cobb is getting a one-year, $5 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He should fit in as Dallas’ slot receiver, replacing Cole Beasley.
Though Cobb has a big name, we’re not overwhelmed by this deal for Dallas.
Cobb is 28 and well removed from his best seasons. His 91-catch, 1,287-yard season with 12 touchdowns came in 2014. He hasn’t really come close to duplicating that since. In fact, he hasn’t topped 653 yards and 4 touchdowns over the past three seasons.
The Cowboys’ receiver corps include Amari Cooper, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Tavon Austin, in addition to Cobb. They should be productive now that they have a legitimate No. 1 in Cooper. Cobb just doesn’t seem to be worth the big money.
The Dallas Cowboys are searching for a new slot receiver now that Cole Beasley has signed with the Buffalo Bills, and they are getting a closer look at a free agent who used to be one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Cowboys are hosting Randall Cobb for a visit on Monday.
Cobb’s production has steadily declined in recent years and he battled some injuries last season that limited him to nine games. He finished with just 38 catches for 383 yards and two touchdowns in 2018, but he still appears to be drawing decent interest from teams. One top AFC team reportedly tried to trade for Cobb last season.
The New England Patriots are said to be in the market for a top wide receiver this offseason, and it has become apparent that they’ve been trying to add one to their roster for quite some time.
According to Jay Glazer of The Athletic, the Patriots called the Green Bay Packers last season to inquire about trading for Randall Cobb. It’s unclear if the Packers were open to dealing the veteran wideout or if the two sides got anywhere close to a trade.
Cobb was once one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets, but his production has steadily declined in recent years and he battled some injuries last season. He finished with just 38 catches for 383 yards and two touchdowns.
The Patriots have now been linked to several big-name receivers, and a previous report said they were the most aggressive team pursuing Odell Beckham Jr. before he signed a massive contract with the New York Giants last season. They will likely explore trade possibilities again this offseason.
Week 3 of the NFL was not kind to some favorites, as the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars headlined the list of surprising losers on Sunday. They were hardly the only surprises of the week, however, as there were certainly some surprising moments all throughout the league, from underperforming stars to ongoing troublesome trends to, yes, roughing the passer calls.
Here are 15 big disappointments from Week 3 of the NFL season.
New England Patriots
Woof. The Patriots are looking worse and worse by the week. Many chalked up their loss to the Jags in Week 2 to a lack of motivation and figured they’d come out angry in Week 3. That didn’t happen. The Pats looked totally uninspired against Detroit, opening the game with three straight three-and-outs. They only had three points as of halftime, but looked like they would turn things around in the second half after an interception followed by a touchdown drive to open the third. Then Detroit continued to put up points on them, while the Pats failed to answer. The Patriots were missing a number of defensive starters due to injuries, and it showed. Meanwhile, their former defensive coordinator coached like he knew exactly how to stop his former team. The Lions put the clamps on Gronk in coverage by doubling him often, daring someone else to beat them. The Patriots had nobody else who could. They desperately need Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman in action to provide an offensive boost.
The Green Bay Packers are reportedly aggressively looking to move Randall Cobb.
Doubling down on a disputed previous report, Michael Lombardi of The Ringer said on The Ringer NFL Show podcast that “everybody in the league” is aware that the Packers wide receiver is on the block, but is unlikely to draw interest due to his salary and injury history.
Cobb had been the subject of similar reports a week ago, albeit disputed ones. There is some sense to them, though. Cobb is entering the final year of an $8.6 million deal, and while not a bad player, he’s caught fewer than 100 passes for two seasons running now. There’s clearly some doubt about his future in Green Bay.
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 entering the 2018 season.
Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, TE
After signing him to two consecutive one-year deals, the Cardinals suddenly decided to invest heavily in Jermaine Gresham, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal with $16.5 million guaranteed. The $7 million annual salary far exceeds any contract Gresham had previously signed, which is curious considering he hasn’t exceeded 500 yards in a single season since 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Add in that Greshman is now on the wrong side of 30, and it’s easy to understand how he made this list.
Are the Green Bay Packers shopping wide receiver Randall Cobb? Reporters are split on the matter.
The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi said on his podcast that Cobb’s name has been shopped around in trade talks.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says that while some teams have checked in with the Packers about Cobb, the team is not shopping him.
There is a big difference between others checking to see if a player is available versus a team shopping one, which suggests they are actively looking to get rid of the player.
Cobb, 28, is making $8.6 million in the final year of four-year deal. He, Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham are expected to give Aaron Rodgers some excellent receiving options this season, especially with the team having moved on from Jordy Nelson.
Randall Cobb has slowly been trending downward since his breakout 2014 season, but he may be back on the upswing after some offseason maintenance.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the Green Bay Packers wide receiver revealed that he had ankle surgery roughly six weeks ago to remove a small piece of cartilage that was causing discomfort, per Stephania Bell of ESPN. Cobb added that he was feeling “great” now, and Bell reported that he looked spry as he ran during practice this week.
The ex-Pro Bowler Cobb was fairly underwhelming last season, catching 66 passes for 653 yards and four touchdowns. While that may have had a bit to do with Aaron Rodgers missing most of the year due to injury, the numbers were almost identical to what Cobb put up in 2016 with a healthy Rodgers.
Now however, Cobb could be Rodgers’ top receiver with Jordy Nelson gone. The 27-year-old has often been listed as one of the NFL’s worst contracts, but with health and opportunity seemingly on his side, this should be his chance to prove that he is worth the money.