10. Don’t mess with WR
It’s already started, with the Browns Twitterati trying to play cap genius by suggesting there’s no way the team will carry the contracts of both Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. in 2021.
Landry is due $13.3 million next season, while OBJ will earn around $15 million.
Beckham is injured and has in injury guarantee, so he’ll get paid, which leaves Landry as the option for the chopping block.
Getting rid of him on the heels of the Browns’ best season in 25 years would be detrimental. Cleveland has the money. They can afford him for at least one more season. Plus, it was just one year ago where owner Jimmy Haslam talked about Beckham and Landry as being part of the young core of the team.
Additionally, the Browns can’t afford to cut Landry lose with Beckham out until late October/early November.
Speaking of Beckham–in his absence, Baker Theory was tested, and proved a success. The Browns won without the wideout as Mayfield played the best football of his pro career, often distributing the ball to seven receivers a game.
Mayfield was never accused of forcing the ball to anyone with OBJ missing. Will that continue to be the case once Beckham comes back to the huddle? He’s a big presence that’s hard to ignore, so yeah, it should be a concern.
That said, Beckham offers the Browns the threat of going deep. Assuming he comes back and still has burner speed, Cleveland needs a deep threat.
Donovan Peoples-Jones flashed with his ability to go long, but Cleveland wasn’t able to execute that look enough. DPJ has the speed and was just a rookie, so perhaps he comes back in 2021 ready to take his game up a notch.
OBJ has long wanted to be a part of a winner. He’s on a winner now. Let’s see if his contributions will lift the Browns up, rather than sink them.