Latest On Browns’ Receivers

The Browns are coming off their most successful season in decades, but they’ve got very important questions to figure out this offseason. One of the most pressing questions is what’s going to happen in their receivers room.

Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. both have big cap hits for 2021, and there was a report back in November after Beckham tore his ACL that some believed he had played his final down as a Brown. GM Andrew Berry tried to squash that when he recently said Beckham was still very much in the team’s plans moving forward, and head coach Kevin Stefanski echoed that sentiment this week. “I think we can, yeah,” Stefanski said to Keyshawn Johnson on ESPN Radio when asked whether the team can fit Landry and Beckham’s salaries for 2021, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Interestingly, Kay Cabot writes that Cleveland “would likely listen to offers for Beckham this offseason,” but that “there’s not expected to be much of a market” for him given his contract and the knee injury he’s coming off of. She notes the team could get out of Landry’s deal with only $3MM in dead cap, but doesn’t think they have any plans to cut him.

Stefanski spoke very highly of Beckham’s efforts to get his knee right, saying “he attacks rehab like I’ve never seen people do it.” Thankfully everything seems to be going well with his recovery and he should be all systems go for 2021.

The Browns also have a third key receiver flying more under the radar, Rashard Higgins. Kay Cabot writes that the impending free agent will receive a contract offer whenever the cap is set, but that if he receives an offer in the $6MM annually range that Spotrac.com estimates him at, it’ll likely be “more than the Browns are willing to pay.”

“If he can get that on the open market, he’ll likely be gone,” she writes. Higgins caught 37 passes for 599 yards and four touchdowns last year. As of right now, it looks like Landry and Beckham are strong favorites to be back catching passes from Baker Mayfield next year, although that seemingly could change if a team steps up with trade interest in Beckham. Higgins’ status is more up in the air, and it appears to be trending toward him heading elsewhere.

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6 comments on “Latest On Browns’ Receivers

  1. joeyvottossocks

    I’m interested to see a full season with OBJ and Juice with Baker, especially under the second year of Stefanski. OBJ’s advanced stats in his limited action last season are looking good.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Chubb and Hunt provide the Browns with a terrific run game so the Browns have some flexibility and options with regards to their receiving corp. They are spending 62% of their cap on offense (tops in league) but just 28% on defense. Should probably consider getting a better balance there.

  3. Daryl

    So they’re really paying 10% on special teams? Might need to redo your numbers & percentages bc you’re off! Browns aren’t spending 10% on special teams

    • crosseyedlemon

      My source for the offensive and defensive percentages was Spotrac. Their total (including the special teams value of 1.3%) does not equal 100%.

      • Ak185

        They still have room under the cap. The total does not to 100% because they have not spent 100% of their money yet.

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