Randall Cobb is happy to be back with the Green Bay Packers.
Cobb, who spent the 2020-2021 season with the Houston Texans, was traded July 28 back to the Packers, and he expressed his enthusiasm to return, while taking a parting shot at his old team. (RELATED: Deshaun Watson Is QB4 On The Depth Chart And Playing Defense In Practice)
“I can breathe again. I’ve seen the other side,” he joked Thursday at his introductory press conference. “Some of my teammates said, ‘you act like you just got out of prison.’ Well, you know.”
#Packers WR Randall Cobb on returning to GB after being in Houston: “I can breathe again. I’ve seen the other side.”
Teammates told him he looks like he got out of prison.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 29, 2021
Cobb seemed to backtrack a little, saying that the Texans are “a new franchise, a start-up,” and that the hires of new General Manager (GM) Nick Caserio and head coach David Culley are putting the Texans “on the [right] path.”
Cobb signed a 1-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, then signed with Houston on a 3-year, $27 million deal.
It was Rodgers himself who played the instrumental role in bringing Cobb back.
“Obviously without Aaron, I don’t think we would probably be pursuing that, but he’s still a really good player,” Packers GM Brian Gutekunst admitted. This is a very important thing for Aaron, and that’s why we did it.”
It’s hard not to see where Cobb is coming from. The Texans went from a playoff contender in 2019 to an absolute mess in 2020. They traded away superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and finished the season a pitiful 4-12, which lead to the firing of head coach and GM Bill O’Brien. Houston is also dealing with a genuine fiasco involving quarterback Deshaun Watson. The three-time Pro Bowler has requested a trade and is also dealing with serious allegations of sexual misconduct.
I’M COMING HOME! 💚💛 pic.twitter.com/qxSwkQo89f
— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) July 28, 2021
Cobb tried to be nice, but there was no hiding his relief to be “coming home.”