After a surprisingly long wait on the free-agent market, Pro Bowl wideout Jarvis Landry has a new team. Landry broke the news himself on social media, hinting not so subtly that he signed with the New Orleans Saints.
The move will be a homecoming for Landry, considering he is a Louisiana native and has played college football at LSU. The 29-year-old player is arriving in New Orleans just a couple of weeks after the Saints also signed another LSU standout in safety Tyrann Mathieu.
Landry is coming to New Orleans after a challenging 2021 campaign with the Cleveland Browns. He only played 12 games due to injuries and recorded career-lows in catches (52), receiving yards (570), and touchdowns (2). The Browns ended up releasing him in March after he didn’t accept a contract restructure.
The down year in 2022 probably factored in Landry’s prolonged time on the market, but it isn’t the only reason why he remained unsigned for two months. He had a number of suitors from the get-go, but most teams were unwilling to meet his salary demands, believed to be in the range of $20 million annually. It is still unclear whether the Saints agreed to this number or managed to get a hometown discount.
Jarvis Landry was the second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. In his four seasons with the Dolphins and another four with the Browns, Landry managed to catch 699 passes for 7,598 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also made the Pro Bowl five times.