This is a debate you will not see Aaron Rodgers commenting on.
The one deciding between his favorite targets: Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Itâ€™s like a parent trying to pick their favorite child.
Nelson is heading into the final year of his team-friendly, three-year $12.6 million deal – a contract that made him just the 27th-highest paid receiver. The six-year pro finished last season with career highs in receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314). He is one of the most sure-handed receivers in the league, making those tiptoe, sideline grabs look second nature.
Nelson made his case for big money stronger last season on the field, while Cobb and Jermichael Finley were hurt. Defenses were zeroed in on stopping the 6-foot-3 wideout and couldnâ€™t do it.
Cobb, on the other hand, is one of the most dynamic players in the game. Heâ€™s right up there with the Eaglesâ€™ LeSean McCoy in that category based solely on versatility. His four-year, $3.209 million rookie deal from 2011 obviously needs to be sweetened. What helps Cobb, despite last seasonâ€™s injury, he has proven his durability.
He played in 15 games his first two years in the league, before being limited to six games because of a fractured right fibula last season. The 23-year-old came back strong in the regular-season finale and the playoff game against San Francisco.
According toÂ overthecap.com, the Packers have an estimated $13.9 million of cap space for 2014. Barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Green Bay would like to lock up at least one of the receivers before the start of the season.
Judging from the career arc Nelson has taken from year four to year six, Green Bay needs to place a priority on Nelson.
There will likely be comparisons to Greg Jennings, the most recent Green Bay receiver to hit the open market. The biggest difference between the two, however, is that Jenningsâ€™ last season with the Packers was as a declining injury-prone 29-year-old, not an ascending 28 year-old.
It could also be argued that Cobb is still trying to find his niche on the team. In 2012, he had 10 carries for 132 yards in addition to fielding 31 punts and 38 kickoffs. He wears so many hats for the Packers, his potential as a true No. 1 receiver are yet to be seen.