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Randall Cobb "can breathe again" with return to Packers

Dustin Cox

Per the request of MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers have traded for veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb from the Houston Texans in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick. The Texans are also set to pay $3 million of Cobb's deal.

Cobb, soon to be 31-years old in August, will now reunite with the team he spent the first eight seasons of his career playing for. Cobb was originally drafted out of Kentucky by the Packers with the No. 64 overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Following his eighth season in Green Bay, the Packers opted not to re-sign the veteran receiver. Cobb's original tenure in Green Bay ended with 470 catches for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 receiving touchdowns. His best season came in 2014 when he caught 91 passes for 1,287 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. This coincided with Rodgers winning the MVP the same season.

After leaving the Packers, Cobb signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys on March 19, 2019. Cobb caught 55 passes for 828 receiving yards and three touchdowns during his lone season with the Cowboys. On April 1, 2020, Cobb signed a three-year $27 million contract with the Texans. After 10 games, Houston placed Cobb on injured reserve with a toe injury, cutting his season short with 38 receptions for 441 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

According to Green Bay Press-Gazette's Ryan Wood, Cobb had the following to say when speaking to the media after arriving in Green Bay for training camp:

"I can breathe again. I've seen the other side, and I'm excited to be here. ... One of my teammates said, 'You look like you just got out of prison.' I'm very excited to be here."

Wood also pointed out that Cobb later backtracked and said that each team is like a Fortune 500 company, and the Texans are a startup.

Cobb will join a wide receiver group of All-Pro Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Taylor, and rookie Amari Rodgers. The group will be catching passes from the 2020 NFL MVP at quarterback in his 16th and potentially final season as a member of the Packers. With the clock ticking, anything short of a Super Bowl will be a disappointment for Green Bay this season.

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