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Would a return to the Packers make sense for Randall Cobb in free agency?

After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay, veteran receiver Randall Cobb signed a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason. Dallas signed the former Packer in an attempt to replace the impact of Cole Beasley who had signed a four-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.

So far for Cobb, the decision to sign with Dallas has paid off. In 12 games this season and in only five starts, the former second-round pick has caught 44 balls for 677 yards and three touchdowns. 677 yards is more than Cobb had in any of his last three seasons in Green Bay and with at least three more games on the schedule, it’s safe to say the 5’10” wideout has had a nice bounce-back season for his new team.

However, the Cowboys once again have a decision to make this offseason as Cobb is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Dallas’ top receiver, Amari Cooper, will also be a free agent if both sides fail to agree to an extension. And while Cooper is certainly a better wide receiver than Cobb is, he comes at a much higher price.

Cobb will be 30-years-old by the time next season begins, so it’s unlikely that the speedy target ever regains his 2014 Pro Bowl form. However, he is still an effective complementary receiver. On the Cowboys, Cooper (if he returns) and second-year wideout Michael Gallup would remain ahead of Cobb on the depth chart.

However, if Cobb were to return to Green Bay in free agency this year, he’d likely find himself in a similar position. Davante Adams is the clear No. 1 option for the Packers and 25-year-old Marques Valdes-Scantling has emerged as a solid second option with still room to improve.

With Aaron Rodgers under center, the Packers have a better situation at quarterback but with how Cobb is being utilized in Dallas right now, there’s not a ton of incentive for him to make a return to Green Bay.

Depending on if the Cowboys pay Cooper and depending on how much cap space they have left if they did, the available amount remaining to sign Cobb certainly matters. But with Gallup still on a cheap rookie contract for the next two seasons, it would probably make sense for Cobb to remain a Cowboy.

It’s important to think back to Cobb’s time with the Packers. As Adams began to develop for Green Bay, Cobb became increasingly less involved in the offense. Unless he has a strong emotional connection to the Packers or the city of Green Bay, a second stint with the Packers probably wouldn’t be the best move.