Patriots rumors: New England expressed interest in Randall Cobb last year
The New England Patriots inquired about Randall Cobb last season. Although it isn’t really clear whether any offer was made or if the Packers made him available for trade, the Patriots had some interest, according to Jay Glazer of The Athletic.
The Patriots were trying to trade for a receiver last year, before the trade deadline and in the offseason. Actually, here’s a name that people don’t know about: they even called trying to trade for Randall Cobb at one point. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility to think that the Patriots will still be in the market for a top-flight receiver.
Even if they were interested, Cobb is coming off his worst season in the NFL. He dealt with concussions and missed a total of seven games last season. He struggled, along with the rest of the Green Bay Packers’ offense, catching only 38 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns.
In his nine-year career, he caught 470 passes, 5,524 yards, and 41 touchdowns. He also made some plays in the backfield, with 59 rushing attempts for 352 yards.
It’s clear that he is past his prime, with his decline in production after a career year in 2014. Although he was one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets over the years, a new coaching staff could mean the end of Cobb’s days in Green Bay.
With Davante Adams and the promising performances of Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown, Cobb is the odd-man out of the group.
The Patriots only reliable receiver is Julian Edelman after Josh Gordon decided to leave the NFL once again. Their other receivers include Phillip Dorsett, Chris Hogan, and Cordarrelle Patterson. All of them had their good moments, but none were consistently productive. Their three backup receivers are scheduled to be free agents.
Cobb is scheduled to be a free agent as well, with the Packers not expected to re-sign him.
Will the Patriots resume their pursuit of the nine-year veteran wideout?
We will find out on March 13th, when NFL free agency begins.