Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb are running it back for at least one more season in 2023. Only this time, they won't be donning Green Bay Packers colors — they'll be playing for the NY Jets.
Cobb's decision to leave Green Bay and sign with the Jets is one that many believe was heavily influenced by New York's addition of Rodgers. After all, Cobb has spent 10 of his 12 NFL seasons catching passes from Rodgers.
Rodgers was a groomsman at Cobb's wedding. He flew in to watch Cobb graduate from the University of Kentucky in 2016. They've been friends on and off the field for over a decade now. That said, Rodgers isn't the only reason Cobb decided to sign with the Jets.
The 12-year NFL veteran spoke to the media on Wednesday and revealed why, aside from Rodgers, he signed with the Jets this offseason.
Cobb highlighted his admiration of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as one of the other reasons behind his decision. On top of that, his wife is also originally from New Jersey. Cobb obviously prioritized following Rodgers, but more went into his decision than just that.
What should the NY Jets expect from Randall Cobb in 2023?
A second-round pick all the way back in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cobb spent the first eight years of his career with the Packers, even making the Pro Bowl in 2014. There was a time when Cobb was one of the best slot receivers in football. Those days are far removed, however.
Following brief stints in Dallas and Houston, Cobb returned to the Packers in 2021 as little more than a depth receiver. His 34 catches for 417 yards last season marked his least productive (healthy) campaign since his rookie year.
Cobb told reporters on Wednesday that he knew change was coming this offseason following the Packers' final game of the season.
"I knew that that was gonna be the last time that both of us together would walk off the field."- Randall Cobb
Rodgers and Cobb may have walked off together for the final time at Lambeau Field, but they should share a number of walks this year at MetLife Stadium.
Of course, the Jets aren't relying on Cobb to be anything more than WR5, at best. Cobb is firmly behind the likes of Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, Corey Davis, and Mecole Hardman on the Jets' wide receiver depth chart.
Cobb is there to provide an extra veteran presence in the form of a receiver who has ample experience with the team's quarterback and offensive play caller. That's a valuable asset to keep around.
Regardless of Cobb's reasoning for signing with the Jets this offseason, the team is certainly happy that he's under contract. No one is likely happier than Rodgers, however.