With the recent trade acquisition of Amari Cooper, the Browns have informed veteran receiver Jarvis Landry that he can seek a trade, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 29-year-old wideout was going into the final year of his five-year, $75 million contract.
After four years with the Dolphins, Landry spent the past four seasons in Cleveland, where he helped the Browns return to respectability after Cleveland went 1-31 in the two years before his arrival. A Pro Bowler during his first two seasons with the Browns, Landry helped Cleveland capture the franchise's first playoff berth in 18 years in 2020. He caught 12 passes and two touchdowns during the postseason while helping the Browns win their first playoff game in 26 years. Injuries sidelined the 29-year-old receiver for five games in 2021, his final season in Cleveland.
Via his Twitter account, Landry said last month that he suffered a high grade MCL sprain, a partial quad tear and a bone bruise during Cleveland's Week 2 win over Houston. He said that he was hurt throughout the season after coming back from his injuries too quickly. Despite those injuries, Landry appeared in 12 games, where he caught 52 passes for 570 yards and two touchdowns. He was hoping that those games are not his last in a Browns uniform.
"I have put the ball in [Cleveland's] court by telling them I would like to stay," Landry said last month, "but if not then I'm confident enough in myself to be a better healthy me this year and moving forward to helping do my part in winning a championship elsewhere."
Landry's injuries justify his dip in production last season. Before last season, Landry averaged 91 receptions for 1,004 yards and five touchdowns during his first seven seasons in the NFL. A five-time Pro Bowler, Landry led the NFL with 112 catches 2017, his final season with the Dolphins. He tallied a career-high 1,174 receiving yards in 2019, his second season with the Browns.
Durability has also been one of Landry's calling cards. Before last season, Landry had appeared in 111 out of a possible 112 regular season games. Where there several notable receivers set to enter free agency, Landry shouldn't have a problem finding a team that would like to add a proven, veteran wideout to its receiving corps.