Reports before the draft indicated that Jarvis Landry was still on the Cleveland Browns radar but that no longer appears to be the case
In these reports, it was said that Landry was set to make his decision after the draft, but that wasn’t likely the case. Instead, teams such as the Browns and Saints were likely the ones waiting to see how the draft fell and if they could get a younger, more affordable player.
That was the case for Cleveland as they ended up with David Bell in the third round. With the Purdue product in town, Mary Kay Cabot says Cleveland is likely moving on — even saying Landry would be expendable.
"“After taking Purdue receiver David Bell in the third round, it’s unlikely that they’ll re-sign Jarvis Landry. Although Bell can play outside, he’ll probably initially work in the slot, which would make Landry expendable. Landry also visited his hometown Saints recently, and might still have an opportunity to sign there.”"
Landry originally joined the Browns ahead of the 2018 season and he has been credited with helping to change the culture — although those claims were greatly exaggerated since there was a lot of in-fighting and just one winning season during his tenure.
Still, he was a highly-productive player in his first three seasons. He had 976 yards in 2018 followed by 1,174 and 840 yards in the next two years. However, in 2021 he began to decline and had just 52 receptions for 570 yards and two touchdowns — all of which were career lows.
One of the reasons for his dip was the fact that he began to miss time due to injury. That wasn’t the norm for Landry who had missed one game in his career before then, and that was due to COVID rather than an injury.
Even with him being a bit of an iron man, it’s not surprising to see his body start to show signs of wear. Landry has always been an incredibly physical receiver who takes hits over the middle of the field and has no problem throwing blocks.
That style of play will endear a player to fans but as the years pile up, they take their toll. That could be one of the main reasons teams have been reluctant to sign Landry who will be 30 this season.