The Cleveland Browns will release veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
After trading for Amari Cooper, the Browns gave Landry permission to seek a trade out. However, it now seems the team will part ways with Landry. By releasing Landry, the Browns save $14.8 million and only register a dead cap charge of $1.5 million on the team’s books.
Since joining the Browns in 2018, Landry has put up one season where he crossed the one thousand-yard threshold but had a stretch of three straight seasons in Cleveland where he put up over 100 receptions. With Landry gone, it now means the Browns will make Cooper the bonafide number one receiver with some questions behind him.
With Baker Mayfield heading into his last year, the Browns are still looking to revive their wide receiver room. Cooper was the start of that plan, but Donovon Peoples-Jones and Rishard Higgins have shown flashes, but never any consistency. Rookie Anthony Schwartz did little to impact the offense in 2021.
As such, they hold the 13th overall selection and could look to add a wide receiver. As for Landry, he will look to find a new landing spot. With such a history of productivity and durability, it is likely that Landry should not be on the market for long.
Another impact this has is that Landry dilutes the slot wide receiver market. With Steelers free agent JuJu Smith-Schuster out on the market as well, this could make some teams turn to Landry over Smith-Schuster. While they are different players, they fill the same role. Some teams may look for physicality while others look for some more finesse. Regardless, both have a reputation as culture builders. Thus, it remains likely that both of these players will have plentiful, lush markets to comb through over the next few days.