Landry signed a one-year contract with the Saints that is worth a base value of $3 million plus $3 million in incentives, Ian Rapport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This seems like a team-friendly deal for the 29-year-old Landry, who could max out the contract and still take home less cash in 2022 than 39 other receivers around the league. In any case, it will be interesting to see if a new team could help Landry rebound from a down 2021 season in Cleveland in which the LSU product logged career lows in nearly every receiving category. Working in Landry's favor will be his position within two blue-chip perimeter receivers (Michael Thomas, Chris Olave) while catching passes from a quarterback in Jameis Winston who has developed a reputation for attempting risky throws.
May 16, 2022 8:23 AM EST
Landry is planning to sign a contract with the Saints on Friday, NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports.
Analysis: Landry visited the Saints in April, and after testing the free-agency market, he's opted to sign a deal with New Orleans. The veteran likely slots into the depth chart behind Michael Thomas, but Landry will likely have to compete for targets with rookie first-round pick Chris Olave. After missing just one regular-season game over his last seven NFL season, Landry was sidelined for five contests in 2021 en route to recording a 50/770/2 stat line for the Browns.
May 13, 2022 1:24 PM EST
Landry isn't likely to re-sign with the Browns, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Analysis: Landry was released in mid-March and visited with the Saints nine days later. No visits have been reported since then, but Landry also has been mentioned as a possibility for the Ravens, especially after they traded Marquise Brown to Arizona. The Browns reportedly view rookie third-round pick David Bell as an option for the slot, which could leave Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz to compete for perimeter snaps opposite new No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper. The 29-year-old Landry finished last season with career lows for catches (52), targets (87), receiving yards (570), touchdowns (two), catches per game (4.3) and games played (12), though he did improve late in the year with a 25-325-2 receiving line over his final five appearances.
May 9, 2022 7:22 AM EST
Landry is slated to visit the Saints on Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: The Saints' interest in Landry makes sense, with the team still looking to add wide receiver depth behind top option Michael Thomas, who is bouncing back from an ankle injury. It remains to be seen if Landry, who was released by the Browns last month, signs a contract before next week's NFL draft, but either way, the 29-year-old profiles as one of the top veteran options at his position at this stage of free agency. Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, it's still possible that Landry could end up re-signing with Cleveland. After missing just one regular-season game over his first seven NFL seasons, Landry missed five contests in 2021 en route to recording a 52/570/2 stat line with the Browns.
Apr 20, 2022 9:20 AM EST
The Browns released Landry on Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Landry was scheduled for a non-guaranteed $14.3 million base salary in 2022, the fifth and final season of a five-year, $75.5 million contract. He'll now hit free agency for the first time at age-29, and while a smaller deal likely is in the cards this time around, the veteran wide receiver shouldn't lack for suitors.
Mar 14, 2022 9:22 AM EST
The Browns have granted Landry and his representation an opportunity to seek a trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: This comes after the Browns acquired Amari Cooper and his $20 million salary in a trade Saturday, all but ending Landry's four-year tenure with the franchise. It's hard to imagine a WR-needy team trading significant draft compensation for the 29-year-old who is scheduled to count $16.38 million against the cap, especially with a loaded class of incoming rookie WRs and a healthy group of free-agent targets set to become available. As a result, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see the Browns outright cut the star slot wide receiver, dramatically opening up the number of possible destinations for Landry.
Mar 12, 2022 12:14 PM EST
Landry voiced his preference to remain with Cleveland on Tuesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Landry has one year remaining on a contract and is scheduled to make $15.1 million in salary and bonuses while absorbing a $16.38 million of cap space, per Over The Cap. If he's cut before June 1, Landry's cap hit falls to $1.5 million. The Browns are in need of quality wideouts, and Landry qualifies as one, but injuries and an unproductive 2021 season make him a candidate for release.
Feb 23, 2022 4:17 AM EST
Landry secured six of eight targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 21-16 win over the Bengals on Sunday.
Analysis: Landry paced the Browns in receptions, receiving yards and targets while serving as Week 18 starter Case Keenum's primary security blanket. The veteran possession receiver battled some injuries in 2021, but he finished the campaign with a solid 25-325-2 line over his last five games. Assuming the Browns do opt to hold on to the 29-year-old for 2022 despite his sizable salary, he figures to once again serve as an important component of the air attack, albeit with a likely new No. 1 receiver.
Jan 9, 2022 3:35 PM EST
Landry caught four of 10 targets for 43 yards in Monday night's 26-14 loss to the Steelers. He also rushed once for six yards.
Analysis: Landry went for a 20-yard gain on Cleveland's second offensive play, but his remaining targets weren't as fruitful. While leading the Browns in the category, however, he put together his third game with double-digit targets over his last four appearances. That high involvement at least gives Landry a decent floor heading into Week 18's finale versus the Bengals.
Jan 3, 2022 9:20 PM EST
Landry caught four passes for 55 yards on seven targets against Green Bay on Saturday.
Analysis: Landry could have done more but was weighed down by the fluctuating accuracy of Baker Mayfield, who threw two of his four interceptions while targeting Landry -- one badly overthrown, the other badly underthrown. While the Steelers in Week 17 aren't an obviously better matchup for Landry in terms of coverage quality, their poor run defense might allow the Browns to boost Mayfield's efficiency as a passer by leaning on the playaction pass to make for easier throws than the ones Mayfield missed Landry on in this game. Whatever way the game goes for Mayfield, Landry is locked in as the Browns' lead target.
Dec 25, 2021 5:01 PM EST
Landry has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Saturday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: Landry was unable to gain clearance for the Browns' loss to the Raiders this past Monday, but he's eligible to be available this weekend and should be in line to see his share of Week 16 targets. With QB's Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum both activated Friday as well, Cleveland is poised to have the team's nucleus of key skill players on hand Saturday, minus Kareem Hunt, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list as well as dealing with an ankle injury.
Dec 24, 2021 12:37 PM EST
Landry will be eligible to play Saturday against the Packers, because his quarantine period expires Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Landry could test negative Thursday and squeeze in a practice with teammates before traveling to Green Bay; otherwise, Landry would have to fly to Green Bay separately on Friday. Both he and quarterback Baker Mayfield will have their quarantines expire Friday and would be eligible to come off the reserve/COVID-19. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski stressed every player returning from the list in time to play Saturday will need to be evaluated by the team's medical staff.
Dec 23, 2021 5:35 AM EST
Landry (illness) wasn't reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't be available for Monday's game against the Raiders, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Even with the NFL pushing back Cleveland's Week 15 game an extra two days in addition to relaxing the return-to-play protocols for vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19, Landry and several other key Browns players weren't able to clear the necessary protocols prior to Monday's 5 p.m. ET kickoff. With Landry and tight end Austin Hooper (illness) both set to miss Monday's contest, fill-in starting quarterback Nick Mullens will likely have to make do with Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz (concussion), Rashard Higgins and David Njoku as his top targets in the passing game.
Dec 20, 2021 10:26 AM EST
Landry (illness) and the Browns will no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Landry -- one of 24 Cleveland players and 12 starters who has been placed on the list over the past week -- tested positive for the virus Tuesday. The NFL's decision to push the Week 15 game back two days will give Landry some time to clear the necessary protocols, but he's not a lock to be available Monday.
Dec 17, 2021 4:04 PM EST
The Browns placed Landry on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after he tested positive for the virus, Kimberley A Martin and Adam Schefter of ESPN report.
Analysis: In the wake of COVID-19 taking the NFL by storm this week, Landry is the next big name to be impacted. The Browns have a shorter turnaround than normal to prepare for their next game Saturday against the Raiders, but if the wide receiver is vaccinated he'll be eligible to return to the active roster when he's asymptomatic and tests negative two times at least 24 hours apart. With fellow wide receiver Anthony Schwartz in the concussion protocol, the team only has two healthy wide receivers (Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins) on the active roster.
Dec 14, 2021 10:19 AM EST
Landry caught five of eight targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Landry found the end zone for the first time through the air this season with a nine-yard reception to end the first quarter. Along with breaking his scoring slump, Landry led the Browns in targets and tied Donovan Peoples-Jones and Austin Hooper for the team's high mark in catches. Coming off consecutive impactful performances versus the Ravens, Landry will hope to keep his momentum going in Week 15 versus the Raiders.
Dec 12, 2021 1:36 PM EST
Landry (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Ravens, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Landry's nagging knee issue followed him into Week 14 prep, when he managed limited sessions Thursday and Friday. But he was free and clear the injury following the release of the Browns' final practice report of the week, paving the way for him to suit up Sunday. Since he returned from an IR stint back in Week 7, Landry has gathered in 27 of 46 targets for 276 yards and no touchdowns in six contests.
Dec 10, 2021 1:18 PM EST
Landry (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Landry -- who sat out Wednesday's session -- has been managing a knee issue since returning from a stint on IR back in Week 7, but based on how things have gone in recent weeks, look for the wide receiver to head into Sunday's game against the Ravens minus an injury designation, even if he logs an other limited practice Friday.
Dec 9, 2021 1:34 PM EST
Landry (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Landry didn't practice Wednesday, but his return to the field Thursday suggests that his absence was maintenance-related. The Browns' upcoming injury report will reveal the wideout's participation level, but at this stage there's nothing to suggest that Landry is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Dec 9, 2021 11:13 AM EST
Landry (knee) won't practice Wednesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: In the Browns' Week 12 loss to the Ravens, Landry logged a 93 percent snap share, en route to catching six of his 10 targets for 111 yards. With no reported setbacks in that contest and his team coming off a bye, it's likely that Landry's Wednesday absence is maintenance-related as he continues to manage a knee issue.
Dec 8, 2021 10:01 AM EST
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