Jarvis Landry is one of the most intriguing free agent WRs entering this offseason. Jamison Crowder and Ted Ginn Jr are other notable names, but Green Bay should consider Joe Mixon as well.
Jarvis Landry and 2 Other Free Agent WRs the Packers Must Call. Jarvis Landry is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, but he is also a free agent after this season. The Green Bay Packers should call him to replace Jordy Nelson.
The Green Bay Packers are in a predicament where they have good news and terrible news. What’s wrong with it? The finest wide receiver in the NFL, Davante Adams, is no longer a Packer. Green Bay sent him to the Raiders in exchange for first- and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
What’s the good news? The Adams deal, along with numerous other transactions, has transformed a club that was once $50 million over the salary cap into one that is now in a strong position. Green Bay has suddenly found itself with $22 million in salary-cap room as of this writing.
The Packers can and should seek to replace Adams’ output in the first round of the draft, but there are a few free agents Green Bay can contact as well.
With Davante Adams sidelined, the Packers must turn to Jarvis Landry.
The Cleveland Browns’ Jarvis Landry #80 carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium in the second half. Jarvis Landry may help the Packers replace Davante Adams | Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images
Jarvis Landry isn’t the same player he was a few years ago. Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler, hasn’t played at that level since the 2019 campaign.
Despite this, Landry has shown over the last two seasons that he can be a deadly target when healthy and on the field. He’s also one of the league’s most well-liked veterans, something the Packers could use more of now that Adams is in Vegas.
Last season, Landry appeared in 12 games and had 52 catches for 570 yards and two touchdowns. He caught 11 passes for an average of 11 yards per grab and 47.5 yards per game.
While the numbers don’t jump off the page, keep in mind that he accomplished it with either Baker Mayfield or Case Keenum as quarterback. Consider how much of a comeback he might have catching passes from Rodgers instead.
At the very least, he’ll be a guy to be concerned about on every down, something the Packers don’t have much of right now.
Aaron Rodgers and JuJu Smith-Schuster may be a good match.
I was told the #Packers had some interest in JuJu Smith-Schuster last year when he signed a one-year deal.
This is a name to keep an eye on in the future.
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) March 18, 2022
It’s usually difficult to gamble on a player coming off a season-ending injury, but in the case of Juju Smith-Schuster, it may work in his favor.
For starters, he’s still available, which is already half the fight for the Packers. Because he’s still available and on the market, Green Bay could be able to get him for a fair price. The Packers have freed up some salary space, but they aren’t exactly flush with cash.
Last season, Smith-Schuster appeared in just five games, but the year before, he appeared in all 16 games and had 97 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns.
If the Packers can obtain even 75% of that guy on a short-term, low-cost contract, he’d be worth a look as a seasoned wideout with big-time potential.
Is A.J. Green capable of another strong season?
Under pressure by Greedy Williams, Arizona Cardinals’ A.J. Green #18 catches a touchdown pass. Could Green be used to help the Packers replace Davante Adams? | Getty Images/Jason Miller
In his last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, many felt A.J. Green was done. In his tenth season in the league, the former All-Pro threw for just 523 yards and two touchdowns.
His output with the Arizona Cardinals in one season wasn’t drastically different (848 yards and three touchdowns), but the expectations have shifted. Green isn’t the same athlete that tore up the league from 2011 to 2017, putting up 1,000-yard seasons in five of the six years.
He’s no longer a top player, so the Packers won’t be able to sign him and expect him to step in for Adams in the offense.
But, at this stage in his career, Green is a dependable veteran who still managed almost 1,000 yards in his tenth NFL season. A 6-foot-4, 207-pound wideout with the experience and DNA to make huge plays can always find a spot on an NFL roster.
Green was efficient when he was thrown the ball by Kyler Murray, a skilled but unreliable quarterback.
Imagine Green teaming up with the four-time MVP. That’s not to suggest the Packers can turn back the clock with the former Georgia Bulldog, but he’d be worth bringing onboard if he still has any gas in the tank.
Last season, he signed a one-year deal for $6 million. Green would be a wonderful addition to a quickly rebuilt wide receiver group if the Packers can acquire him on a comparable contract.
ESPN and Pro Football Reference provided the statistics. Spotrac provides contract information.
RELATED: After trading Davante Adams, the Packers must now choose a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who did the Packers get for Adams?
A: The Packers got Geronimo Allison in exchange for a third-round pick.
What pick do the Packers have in 2022?
A: The Packers have the #3 pick in 2022.
Who is the best receiver on the Packers?
A: The best and most consistent receiver on the Packers is Davante Adams.