As another disgruntled Cleveland Browns star looks for a new home this season, the Baltimore Ravens must decide whether they want to s.lurge on a wide receiver.
Following Jarvis Landry’s epic Twitter meltdown that may have signaled his desire to find a new team in 2022, the wideout could do worse than land in Baltimore.
Sure, the Ravens are the Browns’ division rivals, and there was that alleged spitting incident between Landry and Marcus Peters back in 2020 that may not bode well for Landry’s ingratiation on the Ravens.
But the past is the past, and Landry is now looking toward the future, one that could see him playing in Baltimore.
Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay listed four potential landing spots for Landry this offseason and one of them was his AFC North rivals.
"“The Ravens would be foolish to pass on an opportunity to add Landry into the mix. The savvy veteran would be an ideal fit in this receiving corps, complementing Brown and promising rookie Rashod Bateman by moving the chains and making reliable plays.”"
Landry isn’t a free agent and is still under contract with Cleveland until the end of the 2022 season. If Landry tries to force his way out like Odell Beckam Jr. did, the Browns may have no choice but to consider trade offers. Should the Ravens give them a call?
The Ravens could trade for Jarvis Landry this offseason
The Ravens already have promising young receivers in Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman, the latter of whom could enjoy a breakout Year 2 alongside a healthy Lamar Jackson.
Compared to other areas of need, wide receiver ranks fairly low for the Ravens, as the team will likely continue depending on tight end Mark Andrews to spearhead its passing attack in 2022.
The need isn’t there — and neither is the money. Landry would come at a high price at the expense of Baltimore rebuilding other position groups like the offensive line.
All that said, Landry presents a top-tier wideout option who could thrive with Jackson’s arm. The league took notice of Beckham’s radical transformation in the Rams’ offense after swapping Baker Mayfield for Matthew Stafford.
Landry has the talent to make a similar jump in his career, and why not with Jackson?
The Browns wide receiver would add consistency to the Ravens’ passing game after Baltimore recorded an eighth-worst 36.4 percent conversion rate on third downs last season.
Injuries caused Landry to miss a handful of games in 2021, but he still caught 52 passes for 570 yards in 12 games, and he’s been ranked within the top-30 for receiving first downs in each of his seven seasons in the NFL.
In 2022, Landry can make the kind of impact in Baltimore that the team wishes Sammy Watkins made last year. Out with one veteran receiver, in with another.
Jarvis Landry landing in Baltimore this season does seem like one of the more implausible scenarios out there, but stranger deals have been struck.