Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry recruiting big-name players?
The Cleveland Browns have built a roster with good talent, but will their current players be able to bring in more top-end NFL talent?
The Cleveland Browns have finally put themselves in a position to where they are no longer the laughing stock of the league after a successful second half of the 2018 season.
They have put together a roster of good players and found a coach that has already proven that he meshes will with the players. But most importantly, they have their franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield’s talent, confidence, and persona is quickly making him a superstar around the country. So much so, that there is the potential of players around the league wanting to come to Cleveland so they can play with Mayfield.
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It also helps that Mayfield and wide receiver Jarvis Landry are attempting to recruit players to join them in Cleveland. During an interview with WKRK-FM, 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot said the two Browns have been trying to recruit players to Cleveland the past two weeks.
"“I think (the Browns) know that they have to go out and surround (Mayfield) with some really good players. And here, I talked to Jarvis and Baker about this a little bit, those guys are trying to recruit and attract really good, top NFL talent. You know, Jarvis doing so at the Pro Bowl. Baker and Jarvis both doing that here at the Super Bowl, saying, ‘Hey, you know, we’re open for business. Come and join us.'” – Mary Kay Cabot"
In the world of players wanting to join their friends or other top players across the league, it is a great sign that Landry and Mayfield are doing what they can to attempt to bring talented players to the Browns.
They are also doing the recruiting at the two places where most of the top players in the league congregate: The Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl. Although the Pro Bowl receives a lot of criticism, and justifiably so, it is meant to bring all of the best players in the league together. If Landry is able to convince a player or two from that game to come to Cleveland, the Browns would welcome them with open arms.
Cabot also reported on Thursday specific players that Mayfield and Landry could be attempting to recruit. She mentioned that Landry has been open about trying to bring his friend, Odell Beckham Jr., to Cleveland. But also how Landry has recruited Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell via Twitter. But Cabot also brings up two interesting names that Mayfield has met with recently.
"Mayfield also had dinner in Los Angeles recently with Beckham, who trained with some of the Browns at USC last summer, and Denver’s Von Miller, who became the object of recent trade speculation with the Broncos regrouping."
Should the Landry and Mayfield be able to bring any of the top players that they see at the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl to the Browns, it goes to show how much the culture has changed in Cleveland. Almost everybody around the league believed that Cleveland was the place “where career’s die.” However, it is starting to look like players want to spend the best parts of their career with the Browns.
This is a big off-season for the Browns considering they look like their are primed for a run at the AFC North division title and a playoff run. Even though they already have a talented roster, they still need some help in some spots. If Landry’s and Mayfield’s efforts work, then there could be a couple of big-name players on the way to help the Browns in 2019 or 2020.