The Browns Suddenly Want to Bring Jarvis Landry Back After Deshaun Watson Trade

The Cleveland Browns have had a busy past few days. Baker Mayfield and his camp have reportedly requested a trade. At the same time, general manager Andrew Berry pulled off a blockbuster trade that sent six draft picks to the Houston Texans for Deshaun Watson.

While the Pro Bowl quarterback is a massive get for Cleveland, if cleared to play, he’ll need more help to make it out of the AFC. The team recently released Jarvis Landry, but the front office could be preparing itself to plead the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver to come back for a potential playoff run.

The Browns are interested in re-signing Jarvis Landry

News emerged about a potential rift between the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Jarvis Landry during the offseason. The 29-year-old veteran appeared to grow frustrated with the front office’s treatment and lack of appreciation for him.

The Browns recently granted Landry permission to seek a trade on the same day they acquired Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys. The team ultimately released the Pro Bowl receiver, saving about $15 million on the salary cap.

However, it sounds like Cleveland might not be done with him after all.

According to Cleveland.com‘s Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns are actively attempting to re-sign Landry and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in free agency.

“The Browns, who are going all-in to try to win a Super Bowl this season, would love to have both players back,” said Cabot. “And it’s much more likely now.”

Cleveland restructured Cooper’s contract, which cleared almost $15 million in cap space. The move could allow the front office to bring Jarvis Landry back.

The Deshaun Watson trade has helped Cleveland realize Landry’s value

Browns WR Jarvis Landry walks off field after a game; Texans QB Deshaun Watson reacts against the Titans
Jarvis Landry of the Cleveland Browns reacts after win over the Cincinnati Bengals | Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans in action against the Tennessee Titans | Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Jarvis Landry has spent the past four seasons with the Cleveland Browns after playing his first four NFL seasons for the Miami Dolphins. He felt under-appreciated by the Dolphins organization and seemed to enjoy his time in Cleveland more.

Even with all of the drama over the past couple of seasons, Landry has remained loyal to the Browns. The LSU product has been quite vocal about his desire to keep building with the franchise and hopefully win a championship. If he re-signs, he could have the best opportunity to do that since entering the league.

Deshaun Watson is one of the most electric quarterbacks in football when he’s on the field. He hasn’t seen live action since the 2019 season, so naturally, there could be some rust. However, he could be an immediate difference-maker if cleared to play.

Had Cleveland missed out on Watson, would they be trying to bring Landry back? That’s not the vibe the front office gave off throughout the offseason.

Biggest potential threats to land Pro Bowl WR in free agency

The Browns are putting together an enticing pitch to lure Jarvis Landry back to Cleveland. Deshaun Watson is a massive upgrade over Baker Mayfield. Amari Cooper can be a top-15 wide receiver. The offense also boasts one of the most potent rushing attacks in the NFL, led by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Kevin Stefanski’s squad could certainly benefit from bringing Landry back, but they’ll likely have some competition.

Several receiver-needy teams could be in the market for the veteran wideout. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas Cowboys are among the playoff contenders that need to upgrade their receiving corps.

Landry is a consummate professional who leads by example on the field and off of it. Any team would be lucky to land him. However, if his heart is still in Cleveland, it may be difficult for another squad to lure him away.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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