How Jarvis Landry’s Franchise Tag Might Influence Cobb
On Tuesday night, the Miami Dolphins announced that Jarvis Landry will be receiving the franchise tag from the team worth 16 million dollars. Now, Landry could still be traded or moved before the NFL new year starts on March 14th. But the suddenly deep crop of slot wide receivers gets much shorter with Landry’s absence and barometer for other receivers. With Landry likely off the market, it could open the door for Randall Cobb if the Packers were to release him. Does this factor into his decision at all when it comes to accepting a restructure if asked?
Jarvis Landry (64 games): 400 catches, 4,038 yards, 10.1 YP/C, 22 TDs
Randall Cobb (60 games): 296 catches, 3,379 yards, 11.4 YP/C, 26 TDs
One will make $16.2M next season. The other will make $12.7M.
— Zachary Jacobson (@ZachAJacobson) February 21, 2018
This is a very insightful way to break things down when looking at the two players. I don’t think it’s entirely apples-to-apples, but from Cobb’s view, he’s going to probably say ‘Why would I restructure my deal if Landry does the same things as me and gets paid at 16 a year?’ Like that shouldn’t add up for him. I get that the quarterback is different, and Landry tends to get more targets than Cobb ever would yet, still, we have to look at it from the lens of the player. Cobb shouldn’t want to take a paycut if he thinks that nine to 12 million can still happen for him on the open market.
The Cobb/Nelson storyline is the big one for Packers fans this offseason. Why? Both are really likable guys, and both have talent left to prove on the Green Bay Packers roster. It’s also the pressure of Brian Gutekunst’s first offseason. What does he do? Is the plan already in place here? Does Green Bay know how to handle it. Like we said on the podcast yesterday, I think both stay, but things like this make it hard for Cobb to restructure his deal.