Speaking of receivers …
Let’s hash this out quickly. The Dolphins were unwilling to keep Landry on a one-year tender at $16M per or keep him under a long-term deal (at less than $16M), so they shipped him to Cleveland for a late fourth-rounder and a throwaway pick next year.
Their method of replacing him: Wilson at $8 million and Danny Amendola at $6 million per year. Huh? Wilson is a nice No. 3 or 4 receiver. He blocks his little heart out. He scampers around and make plays. But Wilson just isn’t a difference maker. And adding the brittle, past-his-prime Amendola — whose best work is done in the playoffs with careful regular-season management — is doubling up at really the same position.
That just makes little sense. Both are competitive, smart and savvy. The Dolphins could use some of that. But at $14 million combined, $2 million less than what Landry cost, that’s overspending for luxury. If they combine for 7/8 of the production Landry gave them last year (while taking up an extra roster spot), I’d be surprised. That means 864 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
And frankly, you could question the Browns’ methods here, too. Landry seems awfully expensive to a new team with a new quarterback (whose left tackle just retired) at his current cost. What’s he worth? I don’t know. But $16 million is heavy right now, no doubt. Julian Edelman comes at one-third the cost, e.g.
The Browns have the money, and they in essence were buying the air of respectability with the slew of moves they made prior to free agency. You can see why such a downtrodden team might want to do that: to send a message to prospective free agents, fans and — before he retired, anyway — Joe Thomas that they’re serious about rebuilding in a jiffy.
But right now, even flush with cap room, it would behoove the Browns to wait before extending Landry. Bite the bullet they’ve now taken, let Landry go out there and play angry and maybe they get his best. If so, pay him. If not, move one.
Another curious WR move: The Jacksonville Jaguars refused to tag Robinson … but they turn around and sign a far riskier Donte Moncrief for a one-year deal worth upward of $10 million. Huh? Again, it’s the devil you know and all that. Moncrief has been a career tease. Robinson at least has done it.
The Bears got him on the relative cheap at $14 million per. But the Jags wouldn’t spend $16 million for a potential game changer who is only halfway to 25 years old? I give the Jags a lot of credit how they’ve massaged the cap, managed to sign impactful free agents and make a quick turnaround. They’ve legit contenders now. Snagging Andrew Norwell was a coup, albeit an expensive, above-market one. But losing Robinson? It feels risky.