Cobb: ‘I guess there’s still more to do’

Randall Cobb said Thursday that there haven’t been any talks on a contract extension for him – at least, none that he knows about.

His quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is hoping that changes. Soon.

Rodgers isn’t a general manager, and he doesn’t play one on the radio – anymore. So the days of the Green Bay Packers quarterback out-and-out calling for the team to re-sign a player, as he did a few years back with fullback John Kuhn and wide receiver James Jones, are over.

But that didn’t stop Rodgers from making it clear earlier this week on his radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that he wants to see Cobb, who is in the final year of his rookie contract and set to be a free agent after the season, back catching passes from him in 2015.

“Cobby’s a great player for us,” Rodgers said of Cobb, who enters Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay having caught 76 passes for 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns. “I’m really happy he went over 1,000 yards. That’s a great achievement, his first time doing that. But he does so much for us. He can be in the backfield and run the ball for us; he can run routes from the backfield, from the slot, from outside; he does it all. He’s a talented guy.

“And to top it off, he’s a great teammate. He’s an excellent practice player, he’s a great leader, he has some timely things to say, he’s great at motivating the guys and he does a great job of bringing the same attitude every single day. So I’m really proud of Randall and the things he’s accomplished on the field. And off the field he’s an even better guy.”

Cobb had his most productive season in 2012, when he caught 80 passes for 854 yards and eight TDs as he his opportunities grew amid injuries to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Last year, though, he was the one injured, missing 10 games with a lower leg fracture suffered at Baltimore in mid-October. He was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return and made it back in time to catch two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in the regular-season finale at Chicago. He needs a total of five receptions against Tampa Bay and Detroit in the Dec. 28 regular-season finale to set career highs in all three receiving categories.

And yet, when asked a series of questions by reporters at his locker Thursday about his contract situation, Cobb was diplomatic – including when asked if he felt he’d earned a new deal.

“There’s no contract talks that have been going on right now, so I guess not. I guess there’s still more to do,” Cobb replied. “So, [I will] just continue to put my nose down every day and focus on getting the team into the playoffs and doing everything I can to bring back the Super Bowl.”

Although Cobb admitted that he thinks about his contract situation – “I can’t say I don’t,” he said – he insisted that he hasn’t allowed it to affect his focus – at least, not after the season’s first few weeks, when he admittedly was pressing.

“I’m still going to play football,” Cobb said. “I had no idea (what the Packers’ negotiation plans were). I was focused, week in and week out, on what I could handle and that’s all I could do. All I can do is focus on what I can control and ‘m going to do the best I can with what I can control.”

Although Cobb isn’t likely to get the same deal fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson received – four years, $39 million, $11.5 million guaranteed signing bonus – he figures to get a deal that averages between $8 million and $9 million annually.

While Cobb eventually tired of contract-related questions – he kiddingly said he was going to take a page out of Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch’s interview playbook and start giving one-syllable answers – he did say he was aware and appreciative of Rodgers’ radio comments, saying it was “a great feeling” to hear that “from your teammate and friend, your quarterback. … He has that trust in me and I’m just continuing to work for him and do the best I can for him.”

And that’s all Rodgers wants.

“Over the years, there have been a number of guys who have really bought into the Packer way of thinking about the team, being a great locker room guy, being a guy you can count on every day to be a great teammate and a great practice player and great in the community and take ownership of the responsibility to conduct yourself the right way,” Rodgers said. “It’s been fun to see a lot of those guys get paid and get second contracts and stick around. And Randall’s one of those guys who’s exactly what I was talking about.”

Listen to Jason Wilde every weekday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on “Green & Gold Today” on 540 ESPN, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonjwilde.