Ex-Cat Cobb letting others focus on his contract while he concentrates on upcoming season

Green Bay Packers’ Randall Cobb during NFL football training camp on Saturday in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Packers’ Randall Cobb during NFL football training camp on Saturday in Green Bay, Wis. Associated Press

Randall Cobb doesn't know if he's next on the Green Bay Packers re-signing to-do list. His teammates are assuming that's the case.

One day after fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson signed a reported four-year, $39 million contract extension, the former University of Kentucky star stood at his locker Sunday following the team's second training-camp practice and faced question after question about when he might get a new deal.

But it wasn't just reporters talking about it.

Not long after news of Nelson's deal broke, other players were talking to him about Cobb, entering the final year of his rookie deal, being next to get a new deal.

Among the Packers' other unrestricted free agents-to-be are right tackle Bryan Bulaga, cornerback Tramon Williams and defensive tackle B.J. Raji.

Cobb, 23, said he has gotten the feeling from the Packers that he is indeed next in line, but he is consciously doing all he can to avoid thinking about his financial situation, especially coming off a 2013 season in which he missed 10 games with a leg injury.

"At the end of the day, it's a business," Cobb said. "My heart's in Green Bay, I love Green Bay, the three years I've been here have been unbelievable. But I understand the business side of it."

After leading the team in receptions (80) and receiving yards (954) in 2012, Cobb suffered a fracture at the top of the tibia in his right leg on a low hit by Baltimore safety Matt Elam in an Oct. 13 victory over the Ravens and was placed on injured reserve.

He returned to catch a game-winning, last-minute 48-yard touchdown pass to beat Chicago in the regular-season finale and send the Packers to the playoffs. He finished the regular season with 31 receptions for 433 yards and four touchdowns.

Cobb said he's stayed out of contract negotiations so far.

"There's nothing been said that I know of," Cobb said. "And I've told my agent don't even come to me until he feels that we're at a good spot. I'm not going to worry about it. I'm not going to stress over it. ... If the time's supposed to come, it'll come when it does."

Asked if he's done enough to merit a new deal, Cobb replied, "I don't believe I've done enough, and I think that's on me. Last year, I missed 10 weeks ... I think my job is just to come out here every day, do what I'm supposed to, continue to work hard and hopefully my time will come.

"I feel I have a lot to prove. I know the player I'm capable of being. And it's just going out and showing that on a day-to-day basis."

As for how last season's injury should factor into contract talks, Cobb told the Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee: "Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Regardless of what it may be, what my injury was, there was nothing I could do about it.

"I'm going to carry myself in a way, I don't believe anything is deserving. I don't believe any of us are deserving of anything. So I'm going to continue to be the person I am."

While that might be Cobb's mentality, that's not how his teammates are viewing it. Aaron Rodgers wasted no time on Saturday in making Cobb's importance clear.

"I'd love for Randall to be next," Rodgers said following Saturday's practice. "He's a guy, again, who's done it the right way. He's been a great leader for us; he's had some injury issues last year that hurt him that was out of his control. But he's a consistent performer for us and a great guy in the locker room as well."

Cobb is entering the final year of the four-year, $3.209 million deal he signed as a second-round pick in 2011, and his base salary for 2014 is $812,648. Nelson, who signed a three-year extension in October 2011 while in the last year of his rookie deal, said he thinks Cobb is and should be the top priority now, too.

"Obviously that's the biggest thing," Nelson said Sunday. "Randall means a lot to this team, the things he can do. You want to see him get that extension."