Familiar faces prepare for final game under contract with Packers

Published: Dec. 27, 2018 at 8:45 PM CST
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As strange as it is to see the Packers ending another season without the playoffs, it may be just as weird to see familiar faces depart in the offseason. Wide receiver Randall Cobb is about to play his final game under contract in Titletown. He'd love to return to play with his quarterback and friend Aaron Rodgers, who have heaped gobs of praise on Cobb in recent weeks.

“It means a lot,” Cobb said of Rodgers’ support. “I love playing with him. We have had some great times over the years. It has been a lot of fun and we have always enjoyed going to war with each other and he's my quarterback.”

Uncertainty abounds for many Packers including Clay Matthews. He has done so much for so long, but is playing on an expiring contract.

“With my situation, this is my first time being a free agent,” Matthews said. “I think I've done a real good job of just focusing on this season and nothing beyond it. Obviously this being my 10th season, I think I learned that at a younger age. So no, it hasn't dawned on me. Obviously I'm not oblivious to the fact that I could be somewhere else next year. But it's not like I'm going to be an emotional wreck on Sunday.”

If Matthews wants to play for the Packers on Sunday's moving forward, he may have to be willing to accept less than the $13.2 million per year he has earned over the last 5 seasons. And he may have to move back to inside linebacker. He has only 3.5 sacks this season and played only 45 percent of the Packers defensive snaps last week.

“You know that's part of the business as well,” Matthews said. “There are negotiations and figuring out contracts. A player thinks they are worth "x" amount and a team thinks they are worth a different amount, and you meet somewhere in the middle.”

And if a middle ground can't be reached in Green Bay?

“That's the reality of the business. There is such a great turnover. Whether you have a season like we had not making the playoffs or if you win the Super Bowl, it's just kind of how the league works.”

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