The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including a look at the rebuild of their wide receiver corps
Monday was the first day where NFL teams were allowed to openly negotiate with other players and some big names were moved. For the Cleveland Browns, however, they made more news for who they weren’t bringing back.
Just days after trading for Amari Cooper, the Browns decided to release Jarvis Landry who had spent the past four seasons with them. In addition to letting Landry go, there were also reports that Rashard Higgins is expected to sign elsewhere.
It was clear with the Cooper move that Cleveland is moving in a new direction at wideout but seeing two of the more seasoned members of the team leave highlights just how different the wide receiver room will be in 2022.
That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
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"“The Browns wide receiver room is far from complete. It currently stands at six players if you include Demetric Felton, which you should. Cooper will make it seven. Ja’Marcus Bradley, Ryan Switzer and Rashard Higgins, make up three of those seven. Higgins time might have finally run out here, too, and Bradley and Switzer are bubble players.The core group is essentially Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz.”"
One thing Labbe says that I would challenge is that Cooper is a ‘No. 2’ receiver and possibly a ‘No. 1’. No. 2 wideouts don’t get $100 million contracts. On top of that, he was the top receiver in 2019 on one of the better passing games in the NFL — and only in 2021 did he finally get surpassed by the immensely talented CeeDee Lamb.
Cooper is the top guy in Cleveland and while they could still take a wideout at No. 13 overall, he gives them exactly what they needed — a go-to guy. Of course, there’s still more work to do but this was a huge first step.
"“That’s not to say Landry won’t have a strong market in free agency. The Bills and Chiefs are both early suitors for the five-time Pro Bowler, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.”"
Jarvis Landry will find a home in 2022 but he’s not going to be a No. 1 wideout, although that’s probably better for him at this stage of his career. He surely wants to land with a winner and the Chiefs and Bills can both offer that to him.
In addition to moving on from Jarvis Landry, the Browns also came to an agreement with a new defensive player on Monday. Former first-round pick Taven Bryan joins the team as they add some depth to the interior of their defensive line.
After adding Amari Cooper, the focus in the NFL Draft could change for Cleveland. In this mock, they go for a defensive end in Round 1 and then add a wideout in Round 2.