Cleveland Browns Set to Retain Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry Despite Cap Constraints

Published 03/07/2021, 4:39 PM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) on the sideline against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


The Cleveland Browns are looking to build off the back of their good season last year. After years of failing to advance from the regular season, the Browns were able to reach the NFL playoffs for the first time in almost two decades. To make it even better, they pulled off a shock upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard round.

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Now, it appears that the Browns are building for a better future. They are looking to retain wide receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. This comes as a bit of surprise, given the cap constraints being imposed in the NFL due to the financial circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But head coach Kevin Stefanski believes the franchise can retain the duo.

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He said“I think we can, yeah. I think you don’t want to be so dogmatic about it and say, ‘All right. We have to have this number of receivers and this number of tight ends and this running back.’ I think you go with what you have and you make sure that you’re putting yourself in a position to field a competitive roster for a bunch of years moving forward.” 

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Stefanski added that the Browns are in a good position to retain the two prolific wide receivers. While the pandemic’s financial constraints have been difficult, the team is working to build something. The possibility of bringing in several players is dwindling, but the Browns seem to have solid plans, and keeping Beckham and Landry seems to be a key part of the plan.

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“So, yeah, I think we’re in a good spot. The easy part to say is, ‘Hey, just give us more players. Give us three more great players on the offensive side, and give us three players on the defensive side, and we’re going to spend this amount on each guy.’ I think we have a plan. We’ll follow through with that plan.”

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) scores a touchdown ahead of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The Browns have laid the groundwork for a solid project going forward. And the return of a star like Odell Beckham Jr. will be a big boost going into the 2021 NFL season. However, with every team in the NFL trying to do their best to improve and steal one of the coveted playoff spots, it remains to be seen if sticking with what they got is the way forward for the franchise.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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