Cleveland Browns prediction No. 2: Jarvis Landry will request a trade or release by season’s end
It’s always a fun conversation to have with those that always talk about the NFL as solely being about business. The idea that if Beckham walked that other Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry would be cool and keep playing for the Browns at 100%.
Landry and Beckham go way back as friends and played football together in college at LSU and now they played together in the NFL. Landry will hopefully play out the season without much uproar, but I fully expect him to demand a trade by season’s end because his buddy just got released.
Friendships do have more power than some like to admit. A lot of fans of the team would like Landry to stay as he’s not a free agent until 2023. But other fans would like the Browns to part way with him and his $14 million salary.
The reason Beckham came to Cleveland, in the first place had more to do with Landry being here than just being solely about business. Obviously, the Browns threw the kitchen sink into the offer but Landry being here cushioned the blow to Beckham, who regardless of what some like to spin in the media, was and has always been about himself and wanted nothing to do with being part of a recently lousy franchise. The Browns were 0-16 as recently as 2017.
This latest release of Beckham now will certainly have an effect on Landry. You’re fooling yourself if you can’t understand that effect. Landry has been a big part of the Browns success and I don’t want to see this move, but it could happen.
Cleveland Browns prediction No. 1: Lebron James will not be invited to any tryouts in the foreseeable future
Earlier this week Los Angeles Laker Lebron James and NBA megastar tweeted on his platform to free Beckham Jr. from the Browns. This was on the heels of Beckham Jr.’s father lambasting the Browns quarterback Mayfield for not getting the football to his son more often over the years.
James helped bring a championship trophy for the 2016 NBA season to Cleveland and grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio. He’s had two stints with the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers starting back in 2003.
For the local hero of the area to arrogantly get on the media platforms trying to force his local town’s football team to release Beckham is simply wrong. The Browns were put forcibly into a situation that they hadn’t started and that’s really a low ball move on the part of a former hero of the area.
So I wouldn’t expect James to get any invites at an upcoming Browns training camp. Some in the past have suggested James, who played football in high school, would be an excellent football player in the NFL.
Maybe now, he can go where Beckham lands after this release and be best buddies with him then. I’m sure it’ll work out.