Had the trade deadline gone just a tad differently this past season, former Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb would have been catching passes from a different future Hall of Fame quarterback and winning his first Super Bowl as an NFL player.
According to a report by Jay Glazer of The Athletic, the New England Patriots – looking to add more depth to their receiving corp – were close to trading for Cobb this year.
“The Patriots were trying to trade for a receiver last year, before the trade deadline and in the offseason,” Glazer said. “Actually, here’s a name that people don’t know about: they even called trying to trade for Randall Cobb at one point. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility to think that the Patriots will still be in the market for a top-flight receiver.”
Dealing with a hamstring injury throughout the season, the 28-year old wide receiver finished with 383 yards and two touchdowns in just nine games.
The Green Bay Packers explored trade options last season before opting to keep Cobb for the remainder of the year. Now an unrestricted free agent, the former Wildcat will be able to test the market when free agency opens up on March 13 – next Wednesday – at 4 p.m.
According to Spotrac, Cobb could fetch as much as $16 million over two seasons on the open market.
Will the Patriots make another run at the electric veteran pass-catcher next week? And more importantly, would Cobb have mutual interest?