Jarvis Landry, the young wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins has been pushing a lot of buttons this season on social media. Most recently he put Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in his place after being subjected to some trash talk from him
Jarvis Landry Puts Browns on Notice With Series of Twitter Posts. Jarvis Landry is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, and he didn’t waste any time letting his new team know that.
The Cleveland Browns management and fans anticipated big things from the 2021 season after overcoming a 17-year playoff drought in 2020. They received a drama-filled, losing (8-9) season, and that turmoil is now spilling over into the summer, with the team’s primary pass-catcher, Jarvis Landry, venting his frustrations on Twitter.
The Cleveland Browns had a disastrous season in 2021.
Jarvis Landry | Image courtesy of Getty Images/Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire.
For the first time in over two decades, the Cleveland Browns clicked in 2020. Baker Mayfield, the team’s franchise quarterback, was a youthful rookie. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry were a formidable receiving tandem. It also boasted a strong defense led by Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward.
That squad finished 11-5, won the AFC North, and advanced to the Wild Card Round by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Expectations were high moving into 2021 after that performance, and the Browns just could not deliver. In a Week 1 defeat to the reigning AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, the club put up a good fight. Then they went on a three-game winning streak. Cleveland’s wheels, though, came off at 3-1.
The Browns finished the season with a 5-8 record. Mayfield had to cope with a number of ailments, RB Except for Garrett, Kareem Hunt missed nine games, Landry missed five, and nearly no Browns player appeared in all 17 games.
Worst of all, Beckham sulked and criticized his way out of Cleveland with the assistance of an Instagram video shared by his father. To add insult to injury, he and the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl.
Now that Mayfield is entering his contract year without a contract extension and facing doubts about how to improve, the Cleveland Browns must make difficult offseason choices, one of which is what to do with Landry.
Jarvis Landry explained 2021 on Twitter and said that he is prepared for 2022.
EVERYTHING WAS GIVEN TO ME!!!! EVERYTHING
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) February 22, 2022
Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham’s running back at LSU and in Cleveland, is in the last year of a five-year, $75 million contract. His salary cap for the season will be $16.3 million, with a $1.5 million dead cap. The Cleveland Browns could save about $15 million by removing Landry, and the media is predicting that this will be their next move.
With rumors swirling, Landry took to Twitter to explain his physical and mental state in 2021, said he’s open to staying in Cleveland, and issuing a declaration to whichever team he plays for in 2022:
1/2 The reality is that I returned to play in the finest form of my life, only to get injured in week two with a high-grade MCL sprain, a partial quad tear, and a bone bruise. Then he came back far too soon and ended up being injured for the rest of the season. You didn’t hear me say anything about it.
2/3 My media appearance was also canceled since I was focused on getting back on the field as soon as possible throughout the week and following games. A strategic plan was devised and implemented. I placed the ball in CLE’s court by stating that I would want to remain but that if it is not possible, I will go.
3/3 I’ve placed the ball in CLE’s court by telling them I’d want to remain, but if not, I’m confident enough in myself to be a better, healthier version of myself this year and help win a championship somewhere else.
Jarvis Landry, WR for the Cleveland Browns, has a Twitter account.
Landry’s decision to remain in Ohio will most likely hinge on his willingness to accept a contract renegotiation and maybe a salary reduction. If not, the eight-year veteran’s future with the Browns seems to be uncertain.
What are Cleveland’s possibilities at wide receiver if Landry leaves?
If Jarvis Landry is released by Cleveland, the club will have to work hard this summer to replace both him and Odell Beckham Jr.
Baker Mayfield already has a capable backup on the roster. While Landry led the team in receptions, Donovan Peoples-Jones, a second-year player, had 27 more yards and one more score despite having 18 fewer catches.
The Cleveland Browns may use their $28 million in cap space to help People-Jones find a partner or two (and even more if they release Landry). They’ll be able to sign a top free-agent WR with that extra cap room. Following the problems with Beckham and now Landry, the club will likely avoid any pass-catchers with divisive personalities. Juju Smith-Schuster, for example, is almost certainly out. However, Allen Robinson II, Mike Williams, and Chris Godwin are also viable options.
With the No. 13 selection in the 2018 NFL draft, the Browns might go wide receiver. Treylon Burks or Drake London, both of Arkansas and USC, are large pass catchers who might grow into Mayfield’s top target. Garrett Wilson or Chris Olave, the powerful WR tandem from Ohio State, may also work.
For Mayfield, head coach Kevin Stefanski, and the club as a whole, the 2017 season is a make-or-break year. If the Browns decide to cut Landry and his large deal in order to take the next step, they’ll need to find a way to replace him and his output quickly.
Pro Football Reference provided all numbers, while Spotrac provided contract statistics.
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