Jarvis Landry remains one of the best NFL free agents on the open market more than a month after being released by the Cleveland Browns. While many NFL fans await a decision from the Pro Bowl receiver, the wait could stretch past the 2022 NFL Draft.
When Landry and the Browns couldn’t agree to a restructured contract, the 5-foot-11 wideout hit free agency following his release. Multiple teams immediately expressed interest, but the 29-year-old sought the right combination before signing on the dotted line.
With Sammy Watkins joining the Green Bay Packers, attention has shifted back to Landry. However, the slot receiver could take a more patient approach before picking his next club.
According to USA Today’s Tyler Dragon, Landry could wait until the “dust from the NFL Draft” settles and the market for wide receivers gains some clarity.
It might simply be a leverage play for the veteran receiver. Landry fired his agent and reportedly set a high asking price for teams to hit. No deal came to fruition with front offices seemingly turning their focus to the top NFL Draft prospects at wide receiver.
- Jarvis Landry stats (2021): 52 receptions, 570 receiving yards, 58.8% catch rate
Patience might narrow Landry’s options, but it could also create a sense of desperation. If a team misses out on its top targets at receiver in the NFL Draft, adding Landry will be one of the lone options remaining.
In terms of potential destinations, three NFL teams stand out.
- Green Bay Packers: At this point in his career, Watkins will be a rotational weapon for Green Bay. The Packers need depth at receiver and while Jarvis Landry doesn’t bring prototypical size, he’s still very capable of getting open and making things easy for Aaron Rodgers. The money and location might not be great, but Landry could turn one season with the Packers’ offense into a big contract next offseason.
- Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Landry wouldn’t be joining a competitive team, but he could get paid and the passing attack would be all about him. Marcus Mariota is capable of making short throws and he’d pepper Landry with targets on a weekly basis. If location and production are atop Landry’s checklist, the Falcons are a fit.
- New Orleans Saints: Going home to Louisiana might be the dream scenario for Landry. The Saints need a receiver who can step up outside of Michael Thomas and Landry would fill that No. 2 spot perfectly. While the quarterback play in New Orleans isn’t ideal for a receiver, there is certainly an appeal for Landry in a homecoming where he could team up with Thomas and Alvin Kamara.