2. Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver
This one is always a hot-button issue and while absolutely no disrespect is meant, there will be plenty of Cleveland Browns fans who would be willing to go 12-rounds debating this one. That’s because Jarvis Landry has become a folk hero with the fans due to his positive presence both on and off the field.
Those attributes cannot be argued. Landry is a pillar in the community and has been a vocal leader for this team. However, when you look at his numbers, they don’t match the contract he’s currently working on.
Landry comes into the 2021 season with a cap hit of $14.7 million which has him 11th overall in salary for the position. He’s ahead of players such as Michael Thomas of the Saints, Tyler Lockett of the Seahawks, Stefon Diggs of the Bills, and even DeAndre Hopkins of the Cardinals.
Sure, this is a snapshot only for one season and most of the players around him are making more in the life of their contract — but we are simply looking at who will meet their 2021 salary and all those players feel like locks to outperform Landry — barring an injury such as the one Thomas dealt with during 2020.
As for Landry, he’s coming off his worst statistical season as a pro. He has the fewest number of receptions in his career (72), the second-lowest yardage total and the lowest since his rookie season (840), while catching the fewest touchdown passes he has in his career (3).
Also, like Tretter, he has been dealing with one injury after another and while he has toughed it out thus far, players eventually succumb to the bumps and bruises when they keep coming.