As the old adage goes, a rolling Bill O’Brien gathers no moss. In the wake of trading the best wide receiver in the NFL and signing a dude virtually no one in the fan base has heard of, the Texans have reportedly signed Randall Cobb to a three-year deal that guarantees him $18,750,000.00.
To put things into perspective, Bill O’Brien has thus far decided that he’d rather pay Randall Cobb, Eric Murray, and David Johnson tens of millions of dollars in 2020 than pay DeAndre Hopkins $12,500,000.00. Who says O’Brien doesn’t understand resource allocation? O’Brien is getting three players at exponentially more than the cost of one guy who is undeniably one of the best in the world at his job! Three is better than one! Math!
Since being selected by the Packers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Randall Cobb has had one magnificent season, way back in 2014. He wasn’t bad last year in his sole campaign with the Cowboys, averaging 15.1 yards per catch on 55 receptions. He is not a bad football player.
But Cobb isn’t DeAndre Hopkins. He’s not even in his class, much less his row. Cobb doesn’t transform an offense. He’s a guy you sign to buttress your offense, not to serve as a primary receiving threat. Not at this point of his career.
A team doesn’t get better by jettisoning DeAndre Hopkins in favor of acquiring David Johnson and Randall Cobb. But that’s what the Texans have done.
Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings, he muttered, as he emptied the bottle of whiskey into his tumbler.