Packers Mailbag: Extensions for Randall Cobb, others

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Each week, I ask for questions via Twitter with the hashtag #PackersMail and then deliver the answers over the weekend. This week, we will lead things off with a couple of questions about contract situations and then hit on a few other topics as the Green Bay Packers (3-2) spend the day traveling to Florida for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins (2-2).

Demovsky:: Maybe it's Randall Cobb who wants to wait until the season is over, or at least wait until he has more bargaining power. Remember this summer when he said he had not done enough to warrant a new deal? What Cobb surely meant was he had not done enough to get the kind of money he wants. The fact that he has six touchdown catches already through five games this season hasn't hurt his bargaining power but if he's going to approach Jordy Nelson money (around $10 million per season), he's going to need to produce more catches and yards. It's likely there already have been preliminary talks between the Packers and Cobb's agent, Jimmy Sexton.

Demovsky: If we've learned anything about the way general manager Ted Thompson operates, it's that he prefers youth. Davon House is an ascending player. Tramon Williams, while playing at a higher level right now than House, will turn 32 next March at around the time he would hit free agency. House said recently that there have not been any talks about a new deal, but he might be the kind of player (one still on his rookie deal) who would be inclined to do a contract sooner rather than waiting until next March.

Demovsky: Based on the way coach Mike McCarthy was talking on Friday, the Packers have no plans to pull rookie Corey Linsley out of the starting lineup. So where does that leave JC Tretter? For this year, it means that he's likely the backup center once he's eligible to come off the temporary injured reserve list (He can begin practicing next week but can't play until Nov. 9, per the IR rules). Next season, however, he could move back to his old college position, tackle, especially if the Packers do not re-sign Bryan Bulaga and/or Derek Sherrod.

Demovsky: Jeff Janis hasn't played much in the first two games that Jarrett Boykin missed with a groin injury. He got only one snap on offense against the Bears and played only in garbage time against the Vikings, when the Packers had the game well in hand. It will be interesting to see this week whether Janis or Kevin Dorsey, who was promoted from the practice squad this week, would get called first to play on offense Sunday against the Dolphins.