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The Browns traded with the Dallas Cowboys for WR Amari Cooper on March 12, after which Landry promptly sought, and received, permission to seek a trade. Two days later, Cleveland released the wide receiver with one year left on his contract in order to save approximately $15 million toward the salary cap.
Nearly two months later, Landry has yet to find a landing spot. The Browns still need a second wide receiver alongside Cooper, but the team did draft David Bell out of Purdue University with the No. 99 pick in the third round of last weekend’s NFL Draft. If Landry’s former role is what the team has envisioned for Bell at a substantially lower price, then a return to Cleveland may no longer be in the cards.
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Landry Coming Off Career-Worst Year Marred By Injury Troubles
Landry, now 29 years old, had a down year in 2021, posting career lows of 52 catches for 570 receiving yards and just two touchdowns, per Pro Football Reference. However, he also dealt with a serious knee injury for much of the season.
The eight-year NFL veteran and five-time Pro Bowl selection certainly still has something to give an NFL team. The issue with a return to Cleveland is at least partially connected to price, as Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported in March that Landry’s camp was looking for a contract in the range of $20 million per season.
While that price appears too high of a premium for any NFL team to pay considering Landry’s production last season, the Ravens may seriously consider Landry at an annual salary well into the eight-figures — especially because the best wide receivers currently on their roster are all names most casual football fans would fail to recognize.
Landry Would Step Into Ravens Organization as Potentially Top WR Option
Burton laid out her argument for Landry landing in Baltimore in a piece published Sunday, May 1.
If the Ravens plan to add more weapons to appease [quarterback Lamar] Jackson, whose top wide receivers now are 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay and James Proche II, they didn’t do it during the rest of the draft. Baltimore had six selections in Round 4 but didn’t use any of them on a wideout.
The Ravens don’t have a ton of cap space to work with, but no one will meet the top end of Landry’s demands. If Baltimore can work some cap magic, Landry and his team should recognize it’s a good situation.