Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, not content to simply be leading the position group on the field and in the locker room, has now decided he wants to try on the general manager’s hat.
And his first piece of business would be to find a way to bring New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland.
Landry said that Beckham, his college teammate at LSU, would be open to the idea if the opportunity presented itself, according to Mary Kay Cabot at cleveland.com:
“If things like that are able to happen and the team can make it happen, then why not? He definitely would be (up for it). He would be. We’ve had talks, but at the end of the day, I want him to be happy. I want him to get what he deserves and you can’t put nothing on that regardless of where it’s at.”
The Browns would appear to have a need at the position following Sunday evening’s trade of wide receiver Corey Coleman and the ongoing absence of wide receiver Josh Gordon from training camp. A quick review of the current roster reveals that, after Landry, the remaining nine wide receivers have combined for just 50 receptions at the NFL level.
The Giants and Beckham are currently talking over a new contract as Beckham enters the final year of his rookie contract, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, which makes it sound more than likely that Beckham will stay with the Giants.
Over the past several days, Odell Beckham Jr’s agent Zeke Sandhu & the #Giants engaged in good-faith negotiations on a deal that would make him the highest paid WR in the NFL, sources say. They aren’t there yet, but the sides are encouraged a deal could be done before the season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 6, 2018
Pairing Beckham, who has 313 receptions for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Giants, would give the Browns their best wide receiver group since the glory days of Webster Slaughter and Reggie Langhorne in the 1980s.
But with the Giants seemingly willing to work on a new deal for Beckham, the idea of him joining Landry in Cleveland is likely nothing more than a pleasant fantasy.