NFL news: Browns release WR Jarvis Landry

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The Cleveland Browns have released veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry, according to multiple reports on Monday.

After the deterioration of their relationship, the Browns had initially granted the pass-catcher to seek a trade, providing enough writing on the wall that his days in Cleveland were coming to an end sooner rather than later.

Landry spent four seasons with the team after being traded in 2018 by the Miami Dolphins for a fourth-round pick.

After averaging 105 receptions for 1,093 yards and nearly six touchdowns over a three-year span from 2015-2017 — including a league-leading 112 receptions — his arrival in Cleveland was the first hint that a woeful franchise were finally turning the corner toward contention with Baker Mayfield under center.

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The 29-year-old still put up productive numbers over his first three seasons with the AFC North side, including a 1,174-yard, six-touchdown 2019 season. But things soured quickly alongside fellow star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in 2021. Injuries sidelined him for five games while Beckham’s unhappiness with Mayfield led to a trade to the eventual Super Bowl-winning Los Angeles Rams.

Once a promising offensive core, Mayfield, Beckham, and Landry combined for just 22 regular-season victories and one postseason appearance.

To supplement their impending losses, the Browns made a big splash over the weekend by acquiring Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys.

The LSU product was due $15.1 million in 2022 and will save Cleveland a cap hit of $16.38 million, per Cutting him will save them $14.87 million in cap space.