GREEN BAY – As he weighed more lucrative offers from as many as a half dozen other teams on Saturday, Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was never convinced he’d have it better than he’s had it the last four years.
“At the end of the day, my heart was in Green Bay,” Cobb said in a conference call with local media on Tuesday morning. “I knew that’s where I wanted to be. I had a good thing going for me.”
Cobb said he knew of five offers that had come in, and he believes another one was made after he told his agent he “wanted to focus on getting back to Green Bay and not worry about anything else.”
Back in the fold with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, fellow receiver Jordy Nelson and other young pass-catchers, Cobb believes the Packers’ offense can top what it did in 2014, when it scored 486 points in the regular season, second-most in franchise history.
“I’m excited,” Cobb said. “We know what Aaron can do and Jordy can do. I look forward to seeing Davante Adams step up and come into the mix. I think we have a high-powered offense, and being able to have all of us stick together for another few years, it’s going to be big. It makes us hard to stop.
“You look at the numbers we were able to put up last year, God willing we all stay healthy and continue to produce at a high level, we’re in the mix year in and year out.”
The next step is to go from being in the mix to winning it all, and the Packers, of course, were agonizingly close this past season.
Cobb was a rookie in 2011 when the Packers were coming off their Super Bowl XLV title, and he talked about helping teammates and good friends like Rodgers and Nelson win another one.
“To be able to win a championship with them, it would mean that much more to me,” he said.
“I’ve said it multiple times – I think Aaron’s going to be the greatest quarterback in the history of the game. To be able to play with him, be a part of his legacy, be able to get him more rings … to have a hand in that is a blessing and I look forward to the opportunity.”
Cobb also looks forward to continuing his multi-faceted role in Green Bay’s offense. He has lined up in the slot, out wide and in the backfield to keep defenses off-balance, and he has returned punts and kickoffs at times as well.
The changes made on the offensive coaching staff – with Tom Clements taking over for Mike McCarthy as play caller, Edgar Bennett moving up to offensive coordinator and Alex Van Pelt adding the receivers to his duties at QB coach – aren’t likely to change how the Packers use Cobb, and that weighed into his final decision as well.
“Obviously Coach McCarthy and the offensive staff have been very creative in finding ways to get the ball in my hands, and allowing me to make plays,” Cobb said. “Having a staff that understands what kind of player I am and being able to use my versatility in such a diverse offense, I think it definitely helps.
“I think they maximize my ability by using me in so many different ways. That was huge for me to know what I’m going to get and the positions they’re going to put me in.”
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