“I don’t believe I’ve done enough, and I think that’s on me,” Cobb said on Sunday. “Last year, I missed 10 weeks, I got injured in a way that there was nothing I could do about it, (but) I think my job is just to come out here every day, do what I’m supposed to, continue to work hard and hopefully my time will come.” Cobb, a second-round pick in 2011, turns 24 next month. He had a monster season in 2012 with 80 catches for 954 yards and eight touchdowns and threatened the franchise record for all-purpose yardage. He was limited to six games last season due to a broken leg sustained just before halftime at Baltimore. He caught 31 passes for 433 yards and four scores in his abbreviated season, with his two touchdowns at Chicago upon his return including the game-winning score. He has a three-year total of 136 receptions for 1,762 yards and 13 touchdowns, and has ranked either first or second among all receivers in catch percentage in each of his three seasons, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
Cobb is entering the final season of a four-year deal worth almost $3.22 million. He’s due to be paid $812,648 this season. That’s grossly underpaid. Three receivers who lined up mostly in the slot last season, the Vikings’ Greg Jennings, the Giants’ Victor Cruz and the 49ers’ Steve Johnson, average $9 million, $8.6 million and $7.25 million, respectively. Denver’s Wes Welker and New England’s Danny Amendola average $6 million and $5.7 million, as well.
Cobb said he told his agent, Jimmy Sexton, to keep him out of the loop on any contract talks until Sexton feels negotiations are at a “good spot.”
“You know, it is a business,” Cobb said. “But for me, I think the most important thing is to go out every day and just prove myself, and the time will come. If it’s meant to be, if it’s supposed to be, if I’m supposed to get an extension, if I’m meant to get an extension, it’ll come whenever it’s supposed to. I can’t worry about that, I can control what I can control, and that’s my work ethic, that’s the way I go about my business and going out and doing what I’m supposed to do.”
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