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The Dallas Cowboys appear to have found a replacement at wide receiver for Cole Beasley.
Dallas agreed to terms Tuesday with free-agent veteran Randall Cobb on a one-year contract, the team confirmed, after Cobb visited team headquarters Monday morning for a workout. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal was for $5 million.
The Cowboys will be Cobb’s first team outside of Green Bay since the Packers drafted him in the second round (64th overall) in 2011.
He started 73 games across eight seasons, catching 470 balls for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns. Cobb earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2014, his best season and only year to surpass 1,000 receiving yards (1,287) and reach double-digit touchdowns (12).
He owns another 47 receptions, 596 yards and five touchdowns in postseason competition. Fifteen of those catches and 178 yards came in two divisional-round wins over the Cowboys.
The Cowboys will look to Cobb to replace veteran slot receiver Beasley, whom the Buffalo Bills signed to a four-year, $29 million contract last week. Beasley was a dependable underneath presence for seven seasons in Dallas. In 2016, he posted his best season, connecting with then-rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to the tune of 75 catches, 833 yards and five scores.
“If you followed our football team the last few years you know the impact that he’s made on our team,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Beasley in February at the NFL scouting combine. “He’s been a heck of a player for us and you know the business of the NFL is challenging.”
The Cowboys will hope that Cobb can fill that void. Receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are expected to start. Veterans Tavon Austin and Allen Hurns provide further depth and versatility with experience in the slot.
Cobb will look to reverse the decline in his production since 2014. His yards-per-reception has hovered between 9.9 and 10.5 since his 14.1-yard Pro Bowl year. He caught more than 43 yards just once in 2018, in Week 1.
That 142-yard, touchdown performance propelled the Packers to a 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears. Cobb caught nine of 10 targets from Aaron Rodgers and averaged 15.98 yards per reception.
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He suffered a hamstring injury in 2018 and missed seven games. His 42.6 yards per game average (383 total) marked the lowest of his career since his rookie season.
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