Browns release five-time Pro Bowl WR Jarvis Landry

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The Browns released Jarvis Landry (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). The wide receiver had been given permission to seek a trade, but that did not result in a suitable offer for Cleveland. 

The Browns have already remodeled their wide receiver group by trading for Amari Cooper. By cutting Landry, they’ll gain the cap room they needed to get under the limit and escape Landry’s $14.3M base salary for 2022. Previously, the Pro Bowler had just one year left on that contract.

The Browns were reportedly willing to keep Landry at a lower rate, and there was some mutual interest on that front. However, after the arrival of Cooper, there was no real avenue to Landry staying put.

Landry, 30 in November, agreed to a five-year, $75.5M extension with the Browns after they traded for him in 2018. He delivered two Pro Bowl seasons in Cleveland and served as Baker Mayfield‘s most consistent target. Things have been up-and-down during that span, but the Browns got a much better return on the Landry trade than the Odell Beckham Jr. deal.

Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler, should have no shortage of suitors on the open market. However, he’ll have to settle for a cheaper contract than his last one. Landry averaged just 47.5 receiving yards per game last season and missed five weeks of action.



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