Cleveland Browns analyst says Jadeveon Clowney to return, but not Jarvis Landry
By Randy Gurzi
One person who covers the Cleveland Browns says that Jadeveon Clowney should be returning for 2022 but Jarvis Landry will not be coming back
There are still a couple of roster spots open for the Cleveland Browns including at defensive end where they need a starter opposite Myles Garrett and wide receiver where they need depth behind Amari Cooper.
Of course, there’s a player at each spot that fans have had their eyes on — Jadeveon Clowney and Jarvis Landry.
Clowney spent 2020 with the Browns and has yet to sign with a new team, and there are reports a contract is on the table that the player is still deciding on. As for Landry, he was with Cleveland for the past four seasons but was released in a cost-saving move this offseason.
Not long after he was let go, Cleveland brought in Deshaun Watson and rumors started to heat up that Landry could come back on a more affordable deal. However, an analyst of the team recently threw cold water on that idea but did say he thinks Clowney will return.
When asked by a reader if both players will return, Tony Grossi simply said “Clowney yes, Landry no.”
Clowney, a former No. 1 overall pick for the Houston Texans had a season to forget in 2020 with the Tennessee Titans where he missed half the year due to injury. He then joined the Browns on a one-year “prove-it” deal and had a fantastic campaign.
He finished the year with 37 tackles and 9.0 sacks, proving to be a great starter across from Myles Garrett. Adding him back would be huge, especially since the depth behind Garrett is questionable at this point.
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While it would make sense to reunite with Clowney, the fact that they’re unlikely to do so with Landry — according to Grossi — is just as wise. Landry deserves credit for what he did in four seasons, catching 288 passes for 3,560 yards with 15 touchdowns — but he’s coming off his worst season as a pro.
Landry had just 570 yards and two touchdowns in 2021 and missed five games due to injury. His toughness is unquestionable but his style of play also leads to him taking some massive shots in the middle of the field while delivering some tough blocks of his own.
Add in his declining numbers and the fact that his body is starting to show signs of wear, and Cleveland’s much better off looking for young talent in an absolutely stacked class.
Of course, bringing Clowney back makes such a move even more likely because they wouldn’t be forced to look for an edge rusher at No. 44 if he’s there.