Boy, the Packers are as good at keeping their own guys as they are at journalism.
Not only were they able to convince wide receiver Randall Cobb to leave money on the table to re-sign for four years, they were somehow, someway, through efforts both intrepid and cunning, able to get him to sit down for an EXCLUSIVE interview with his employer’s website.
Of course, we’ll just link to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette‘s version, since he sifted out the good stuff already (and because we can be passive-aggressive that way too).
“I want championships,” Cobb said. “At the end of the day, I want to win championships. I feel like being in this offense and this organization was the best place for me to have the opportunity for me to win championships. That’s my goal day-in and day-out to get those rings. I’m going to do everything in my power to help this team get to that position.”
Taking $40 million over four years isn’t exactly taking on a vow of poverty to help others, but if he wanted to chase every nickel he could have done so in other places.
Instead, he joined fellow wideout Jordy Nelson in signing a long-term deal, giving them the opportunity to catch many passes from Aaron Rodgers.
“They weren’t trying to sell me to come back,” Cobb said. “I know what I have here. I know what I have in Aaron as a quarterback, as a friend. I know what I have in Jordy as a receiver and as a friend. The way that we balance each other out and help each other in different cases. Just being able to have those guys to lean on and being able to talk to them in different situations has been a blessing.”
So is being able to finagle an interview with a co-worker. Oh no, wait; that’s what they call a meeting.