The Buccaneers have no need for Jarvis Landry.
Wide receiver talent for the Buccaneers is always a plus, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. It’s easy to already see the wheels turning amongst the minds of some Bucs fans as Jarvis Landry is making it clear that his time in Cleveland could be coming to a close, but the Bucs shouldn’t get any big ideas.
Landry is a good receiver. That is about where his draw ends. Some amongst the Cleveland faithful and a memorable few moments on Hard Knocks have elevated Landry far beyond where general expectations should be; some even going as far as to say he was the best receiver in Cleveland.
Those people would be very wrong.
Regardless, Landry still has enough talent to get the receiver-hungry Bucs fans talking, but this discussion should never get off the ground.
Landry doesn’t contribute enough relative to his cap hit. No conversation beyond that point is worth having. The potentially soon-to-be-former Browns receiver doesn’t challenge Chris Godwin or Mike Evans in their current roles, and he likely doesn’t bring more than a rookie or free agent in that third role.
The prognosticators certainly do mean well. The Bucs should look into every possible option at the receiver after the end of the season we just witnessed, but there should be some limitations.
To make matters worse for some of the dreamers out there, Landry’s post doesn’t make it seem like he is willing to take a pay cut. If the Bucs really do want to pay a receiver this offseason, the only worthwhile name is Godwin’s.
Landry has led an exciting career that actually made the Browns fun to watch for the first time in years, but the Bucs simply can’t afford to consider paying a receiver that doesn’t move the needle.
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