As free agency approaches, one of the biggest targets the Raiders were trying to land was Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. The Raiders were considered the front runners to land his talents. But according to Adam Schefter, Cobb was just re-signed by the Packers.
Randall Cobb back to Green Bay on a 4-year, $40 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2015
After catching 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, Cobb was widely regarded as the best wide receiver available.
NFL Network's Ian Rapport also reported that Cobb turned down more money that was offered by several other teams.
Randall Cobb had 6-7 offers today, I’m told. He turned down considerably more money elsewhere to sign with the #Packers.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2015
The Raiders were rumored to be offering Cobb around $12 million a year and it was a big reason why they were considered one of the favorites to land the talented receiver.
With Cobb gone, Jeremy Maclin and Torrey Smith will likely become priorities for the Silver and Black as they are now the top wide receivers on the market. Look for the Raiders to become even bigger players for Julius Thomas as he is the best passing threat available.
And if it wasn't already, wide receiver will be the top need for the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft now that Cobb is out of the picture.