Packers: Why signing free-agent Jarvis Landry would make sense

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The Green Bay Packers have a need at wide receiver.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Allen Lazard are all set to become free agents this week.

One player available who could help the Packers immediately is Jarvis Landry.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the Cleveland Browns have released Landry. Rapoport would add that the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills could be among the interested teams. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Green Bay is “also expected to be in the mix”.

For a Packers team that is all-in with Aaron Rodgers this season, bringing in a talented and experienced receiver like Landry would help, especially with so many Packers receivers hitting free agency.

As ever, it comes down to the price as the Packers are limited in cap space, but there’s no doubt Landry could be an excellent WR2 to play alongside Davante Adams.

Landry is a five-time Pro Bowler and still only 29 years old. He could come in and immediately help Green Bay’s offense. There is more risk drafting a wide receiver as it may take a couple of years for that player to develop and build chemistry with Rodgers. With Landry, the Packers would be getting a reliable receiver who can help in 2022.

Now, we’ve heard countless times of Green Bay being “in the mix” on free agents only for nothing to come of it. In all likelihood, this will be another one. GM Brian Gutekunst always wants to be in the conversation, but only occasionally does said conversation turn into a signing.

The team still needs to work out a long-term deal with All-Pro Davante Adams, who was franchise-tagged.

But there’s no denying the need at receiver with so many free agents at the position. Maybe the Packers turn to the draft, but one free-agent option to consider is Landry.