Buccaneers have unique option in star free agent receiver

Jarvis Landry, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Jarvis Landry, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Outside of keeping the corner position in check for 2022, the Buccaneers need to focus on wide receiver depth. Jarvis Landry could help with that.

Tom Brady is back with the Buccaneers, and that should rightfully change how we look at the entire free agency process.

The Bucs need immediate options to keep this team in contention far more than they need options that could pan out down the road. Now is the time for going all in, and one way to do that is by spending money on a free agent wide receiver.

Tampa may have a lot of money tied up in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but why stop there? Yes, the cap is tight, but that duo and the potential for injuries showed us that more big names are always needed. Antonio Brown served that role last season, but his outburst and departure left Brady without much receiving depth in the playoffs.

Jarvis Landry can help with these problems.

Should the Buccaneers look into Jarvis Landry?

Landry just hit the free agent market after failing to come to terms with the Browns on how to move forward with his pricey contract, and teams across the league will be interested.

While it might be tough to sell a former top receiver on the notion of being the third guy, a transition to a team in contention for a Super Bowl and getting to play with Tom Brady could make this a genuine option.

Landry didn’t pop as the top receiver in Cleveland, but who would? Odell Beckham Jr. proved that quarterback play was a factor in lacking receiver performances, and Landry should see what Beckham went through as an opportunity to follow.

There would still be plenty of reps in Tampa for Landry-an extremely consistent option that can make plays after the catch, and the pressure would come off the star receiver for the first time in his career.

Landry’s total targets would come down, but the quality and depth of targets would go up. Antonio Brown showed the world that the third receiver in Tampa’s offense is as good as being a second receiver in most other units, and the added bonus of playing for a playoff team is still in play.

The Buccaneers won’t be able to beat other teams on price, but selling Landry on culture and a one year deal to revitalize his market even more might not be outside of the question after playing on a generous deal in Cleveland.

Tampa likely ends up going with a different receiver in the end, but there could be an interesting fit here if Brady likes what he sees from Jarvis Landry and Landry wants to win a ring.

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