The Cleveland Browns made a big splash by acquiring Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys. General manager Andrew Berry and the front office were able to land the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver along with a sixth-round pick by giving up only a 2022 fifth-round pick and sixth-rounder. With Cooper heading to Cleveland, where does that leave Jarvis Landry?
Landry is under contract through the 2022 season. However, all signs point to the Browns parting ways with the veteran receiver. If the team releases him, the Kansas City Chiefs could be a team to watch. Andy Reid’s squad fell just short of a third-straight Super Bowl berth. Joining the Chiefs would give Landry a chance to compete for a championship.
Who wouldn’t want to catch passes from Patrick Mahomes?
Editor’s note: This piece was published shortly before the Browns released Jarvis Landry.
The Browns are likely to part ways with Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry has spent the past four seasons with the Cleveland Browns after getting traded by the Miami Dolphins after the 2017 season. The LSU product has been a staple in the Browns offense since arriving. However, he’s been at odds with the front office this offseason.
Andrew Berry has refused to publicly commit to Landry despite being under contract through the 2022 season. The Pro Bowl wideout originally signed a five-year, $75 million deal in 2018. However, it doesn’t appear likely that he’ll finish out his contract.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Browns have granted Landry permission to seek a trade to another team. The news came almost immediately after word of the Amari Cooper trade came down.
It’s unclear what Cleveland could recoup in a trade for the 29-year-old receiver. However, cutting him is also a viable option. The front office will save about $15 million on the salary cap if it releases him.
If Jarvis Landry hits the free-agent market, don’t be surprised if the Kansas City Chiefs make a run at him.
The Pro Bowl wideout could join Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City
Jarvis Landry isn’t some old washed-up wideout. He still has plenty of juice in the tank and could be an asset regardless of which team he joins. Surely, Patrick Mahomes would welcome him with open arms.
Landry has enjoyed a productive NFL career up to this point. He’s recorded 688 receptions, 7,598 receiving yards, and 37 touchdowns across eight seasons. His consistent production earned him five Pro Bowl selections during that span.
The Metairie, Louisiana native saw his production dip over the past couple of seasons with the Browns. Landry hasn’t eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark since 2019. Injuries have played a part, along with inconsistency from quarterback Baker Mayfield.
If Landry becomes a free agent, several contending teams could be interested, including the Kansas City Chiefs.
Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy perennially field one of the league’s most potent offenses. The unit wasn’t quite as dominant as in recent years. Still, it averaged 396.8 yards and 28.2 points per game.
Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are elite receiving threats. However, as crazy as it sounds, they need some help. Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle made some plays in 2021, but Jarvis Landry could quickly establish himself as a legitimate No. 3 option. His presence could help take pressure off Mahomes, especially in short-yardage situations.
Today’s NFL is a passing league, so teams can never have enough receivers.
Adding Landry could help the Chiefs get back to the Super Bowl
The Chiefs had a roller-coaster 2021 season. Andy Reid’s squad got off to a slow start, losing four of their first seven games. Steve Spagnuolo’s defense was abysmal. Patrick Mahomes wasn’t playing like himself either. The team turned it around in the second half and looked impressive down the stretch.
Kansas City had a postseason to remember. The Chiefs narrowly escaped the Buffalo Bills in a 42-36 overtime thriller during the Divisional Round. Then, the Cincinnati Bengals took them to OT in the AFC Championship Game. Unfortunately, the ball bounced the other way in that one.
The Chiefs came so close to reaching the Super Bowl for the third season in a row. It’s safe to assume they’ll be heading into the 2022 season with a chip on their shoulder.
General manager Brett Veach and the front office have some holes to fill to get back to the mountaintop. Jarvis Landry would provide Mahomes with another proven weapon. Not to mention, Landry is hungry for a championship opportunity. Joining forces with a powerhouse would give him an excellent chance to make the dream a reality.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference