The Green Bay Packers re-signed Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga over the past week and retained their two most important free agents. At least that’s what most would agree with. While both Cobb and Bulaga received healthy contracts, they likely could have garnered more had they chosen to explore opportunities with other teams.
In this current time period where it seems free agents are on the move all the time, the Packers continue to retain their top free agents. Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Bulaga are a few examples. Because of the diligent management of the salary cap and a forward-looking mentality, the Packers have not had to trade away nor let go of a player that they wanted to retain. This doesn’t come without some frustration from fans, at times. Many have expressed frustration about Green Bay’s lack of activity in free agency, especially the early splash players that typically get overpaid. The reality is that we can either complain about that or complain about how we aren’t ever able to retain good players or even entertain bringing in new talent from the outside.
I’ll stop short of saying that Cobb and Bulaga are being loyal by taking less money to play in Green Bay. Consider that NFL contracts are often stated in terms of average salary per year and the total amounts reported often aren’t achieved because a team can cut a player and is only on the hook for the guaranteed money portion of the deal. Both Cobb and Bulaga stated that they came back because they want to win. They also probably don’t want to deal with moving themselves and their families (if they have one). Another factor is the stats that each can rack up over the next few seasons and before they reach free agency again. Those stats are what will get them their next pay day and that may or may not be with the Packers, but at least Green Bay didn’t have to let go of a prime free agent that they drafted and developed in the prime of their career.
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Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: