Kevin Stefanski on Jarvis Landry: There are situations that are hard

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The Browns already moved on from Odell Beckham Jr. Now, it appears they are headed for a breakup with Beckham’s best friend, Jarvis Landry.

Since the season ended, Browns General Manager Andrew Berry twice has sounded as if he was saying goodbye to Landry. Berry said Tuesday he was “grateful” for everything Landry had done in Cleveland.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said nothing Wednesday to change the thinking that Landry is headed elsewhere.

“With all of these things, you wait and see how it all plays out,” Stefanski said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I think you guys know how I feel about Jarvis. I know Jarvis knows how I feel about Jarvis. We’ll see how it all plays out.

“I think you’ve seen countless examples of this is a business. I think the players understand that, and sometimes there are situations that are hard. We’ll work through all of those. Ultimately, we just have to let this one play out.”

Landry is entering the final season of a five-year, $75.5 million deal he signed upon being traded from Miami in 2018. Landry carries a $16.4 million cap number, but the Browns would save $14.9 million against the cap if they were to release him. They’d have $1.5 million in dead cap money if they chose that route.

In 12 games, Landry caught 52 passes for 570 yards with a pair of touchdowns in 2021.

Without Landry agreeing to a restructure, all signs point to the Browns releasing the receiver.

4 responses to “Kevin Stefanski on Jarvis Landry: There are situations that are hard

  1. There are so many good receivers in this draft. Don’t screw this up Cleveland.

  2. There isn’t a WR in free agency better than him other than Godwin and Adams. And your weakest position other than QB, is WR. So cutting him makes zero sense and furthermore sends the wrong message to the locker room. He played through injuries and played hard even when they were losing. This is why the Browns can’t build a winning culture. This isn’t a hard decision, Stefanski is just not very intelligent.

  3. When all the FAs are settled on new teams and/or with new contracts, it’s likely Landry @ $16M/yr would be the 18th to 20th highest paid WR in the NFL in 2022, but at least 40% less than the top-paid WRs.

    I still would cut him if he cannot be traded or won’t restructure, but, really $16M is not too far out-of-line compared to other WRs IF Landry and Mayfield are healthy. Landry has had some recent pro-bowl seasons with BM as his QB.

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