Monday, May 19, 2014
Marshall's deal could help Cobb, Nelson
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Don't think the Green Bay Packers and the agents for receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson didn't notice the contract extension that Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall signed on Monday -- even if none of the parties involved had on ABC's "The View."
Marshall's deal could impact negotiations between the Packers and their top-two receivers, both of whom are entering the final year of their contracts.
Marshall's three-year, $30 million contract extension also came with him entering the final year of his contract. His last deal averaged $11.194 million per season, making him the NFL's sixth-highest-paid receiver, according to ESPN Stats & Information salary data.
While Marshall isn't an exact comparison for either Cobb or Nelson -- at age 30 he's closer in age to Nelson (28) than Cobb (23), but he has five Pro Bowls and one All-Pro selection compared to none for either Nelson or Cobb -- every deal signed by a marquee receiver will help shape the market for the Packers' duo.
Nelson's last contract averaged $4.2 million per season, an average per year that currently ranks 32nd among NFL receivers. If nothing else, Nelson's camp certainly has a strong case that he's better than the 32nd-best receiver in the NFL, especially coming off a season in which he ranked 13th among receivers in receptions (85) and 10th in yards (1,314).
Cobb is still playing under his original rookie contract -- a four-year, $3.233 million deal that ranks 79th on the list of receivers in terms of average per year. Again, there certainly are not 78 receivers better than Cobb in the NFL, but the injury that kept him out of 10 games last season could impact the negotiations. Also, the fact Cobb plays primarily in the slot could limit his value. The highest-paid slot receiver is Victor Cruz ($8.6 million per season) of the New York Giants.
As of Monday, there were eight receivers with contracts that average at least $10 million per season led by Detroit's Calvin Johnson ($16.207 million per season) and Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald ($16.142 million).
Before the Packers began signing their latest round of rookie contracts last week, they had $15,078,037 in salary-cap space available for this season.