We’re in prime rumor season and, of course, the Cleveland Browns are in the midst of just about every rumor that has been going around. Will any of them come to fruition or are they all unrealistic?
The period between after the Super Bowl and before the NFL league year officially opens with free agency (which this year is on March 16) is always jam-packed with rumors. Some of these rumors turn into reality but the majority of them result in nothing.
As usual, the Cleveland Browns are being brought up in almost every rumor. Some seem unrealistic, some seem possible but not likely, and others seem like something that this front office would keep their eyes on.
Here are 3 rumors that are being discussed on social media and whether or not they will become reality:
Cleveland Browns Rumor No. 3: Potential Jarvis Landry release
Twitter blew up after Jarvis Landry made a series of tweets where he indicated a potential release from Cleveland. Landry has been known as the one to help start the culture change in Cleveland since his arrival in 2018, where the Browns went 7-8-1.
Due to Jarvis Landry‘s lack of production, injury problems last season and his roughly $16 million cap hit in 2022, he is a potential cap casualty. If Cleveland were to release the 5-time Pro Bowler, the Browns would only be taking on the cheap $1.5 million in dead cap on his contract while freeing up around $16 million in cap space.
Now many are asking if this is a legitimate possibility due to the Browns’ lack of depth at the wide receiver position. There’s no question that Cleveland will consider this move. There’s also no doubt that Andrew Berry and the front office will talk to Landry’s representatives to see if a contract restructure is possible to reduce the cap hit from his deal. But if the two sides are unable to come to an agreement, Landry will likely be released.
The debate on whether or not Landry really changed the culture or not has been floating around Twitter as well. Some say that Landry was the first player to come in and start the turnaround in Cleveland but some also say that the turnaround was not solely because of Landry and a true leader would have spoken out last season and defended his own quarterback — which is something Landry never did during the Odell Beckhaml, Jr. saga.
Either way, a release of Landry in the coming weeks is a real possibility so Landry fans must be prepared for a 2022 season without him and with a much younger look at the position.