The Green Bay Packers may have lost Randall Cobb to injury after already losing Jordy Nelson, and rumors indicate that the team may be forced to jump into the trade market.
The Packers already lost Nelson to an ACL tear in the team’s second preseason game when their receiver corps took another hit in the third game. Randall Cobb was injured on the team’s third play from scrimmage on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. He jumped to attempt to catch a pass from quarterback Brett Hundley and came down hard on his right side, ESPN noted.
Cobb was examined on the team’s bench, but was later taken to the locker room for observation.
Now Randall Cobb is going to the locker room.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 30, 2015
The Green Bay Packers have already lost a lot of production this year. Nelson caught 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. Cobb caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.
It’s unclear the severity of Randall Cobb’s injury, but the Green Bay Packers were already rumored to be looking at the free agent market to help make up for Nelson’s loss. But the market is thin, and just got a lot thinner after the New England Patriots picked up what was likely the best option in Reggie Wayne.
While veteran Wes Welker is still available, ESPN reported that the Packers could be looking at another option.
“But one NFL personnel executive said late Sunday that [Packers GM Ted] Thompson’s best hope to find someone who can contribute would be if the New York Giants cut former Packers receiver James Jones.
“The Giants signed Jones, 31, last month after the Raiders cut him in May. Jones left the Packers in March 2014 to sign a three-year, $10 million deal with Oakland. The Giants gave Jones just a $30,000 signing bonus as part of a one-year deal. He would receive a $50,000 bonus if he’s on the 53-man roster for the season opener.
“Thompson and his staff have been studying other teams for potential cuts, and they will no doubt refocus those efforts on receivers. If Thompson were willing to make a trade, the options might be a little better, but it’s unlike him to give up a draft pick.”
That could leave the trade market as the team’s best bet, where they will likely have to part with draft picks to find a replacement.
If the injury to Randall Cobb turns out to be serious, the rumors that the Green Bay Packers are hitting the trade market for another wide receiver could soon become reality.
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