The Packers have some tough decisions to make this offseason when it comes to players who are free agents, especially at the wide receiver position.
In total there are three free agents at the position.
Unrestricted Free Agents
- Randall Cobb
Restricted Free Agents
- Geronimo Allison
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
- Jake Kumerow
Headlining the list is Randall Cobb, who hasn’t been the same since his breakout 2014 season in which he had over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns. Cobb was banged up for most of 2018 season –– limiting him to only nine games. Cobb produced just 383 yards and two touchdowns during the season. With Cobb, rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown were able to develop and gain playing time with Aaron Rodgers. Valdes-Scantling was able to haul in two touchdowns, along with 581 yards while St. Brown had 21 receptions for 328 yards.
With the two rookie wide receivers poised to make a big jump from their first year on to their second, that could make the Packers decision to let Cobb walk a lot less surprising. All signs point to Cobb leaving the Packers this summer –– we all saw the emotion he had during that final game against the Detroit Lions. Cobb and Rodgers were seen hugging each other beforehand, with Cobb getting emotional during the hug.
The Packers may sign restricted free agent Geronimo Allison to a one-year “prove it” contract. Allison himself was having a great season before ending up on injured reserve with a groin injury –– posting 20 receptions and a career-high 303 yards in a career-low five games. Allison would give Rodgers yet another receiver that has experience. The same can be said for Jake Kumerow, who could be signed to a one-year deal with the league minimum salary.
Kumerow appeared in just five games while starting two in the latter half of 2018. In his five games, he was able to catch eight of the 11 passes thrown his way and racked up 103 yards in the process. While he didn’t set the world on fire, he definitely showed the ability to catch the football –– which is something Aaron Rodgers needs moving forward.