The Cleveland Browns could potentially make a business decision to part ways with wide receiver Jarvis Landry this offseason.
Let me preface this entire piece by saying that I am a huge fan of Jarvis Landry the football player and the man. He is one of my favorite players in the National Football League and has been since he was drafted by Miami back in 2014. He is one of the many players in the Browns organization to help turn the culture around in Cleveland. So, in no way, shape, or form is this a piece bashing Landry.
With all that being said, it might be time for Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry to cut ties with Landry, as painful as that sounds. It’s no secret that Landry is a locker room leader and is beloved by his teammates. His contributions in the locker room might be more valuable than his contributions on the field.
There are a few reasons to let Landry go this offseason. Number one is his contract. He will be a cap hit of $16.5 million. He is in the final year of his five-year, $75.5 million that the Browns inherited when they traded for Landry back in 2018. If the Browns were to release Landry, they would save roughly $15 million in cap space.
Number two is the fact that the Browns need to get younger and faster at the wide receiver position. Landry just turned 29, but really isn’t a vertical threat to opposing defenses. Don’t’ get me wrong, he can still work from the slot, but the problem with that is it’s where the tight ends roam for the Browns.
Lastly, is the fact that his production simply does not produce the type of numbers his contract warrants. In 12 games in 2021, he caught 52 passes for 570 yards and just two receiving touchdowns, while also rushing for a pair of scores. The Browns passing game suffered for several reasons, one of which was the receivers just not being that good.
Again, I love Jarvis Landry and love that he’s been a member of the Cleveland Browns, but it might just be time for him to go unless he takes a pay cut or restructures his contract. If he is released, he won’t get the $16-plus million from anyone else.
Should he go, here are six teams that could potentially land Landry this offseason.