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Jarvis Landry is the most divisive gamer on the Cleveland Browns lineup

Despite lots of key contributors sidelined, the Cleveland Browns almost took down the protecting Super Bowl champ Kansas City Chiefs, falling 22-17 in the Divisional Round. The 2020 season was a definite success for the Browns, as they finished 11-5 and won their very first championship game in 26 years. Based upon how quarterback Baker Mayfield played from Week 7 onward, Cleveland has a genuine Super Bowl window over the next couple of seasons.

That implies continuing to mold the team into what head coach Kevin Stefanski desires it to be, and while the Browns should not (and won’t) go all-in like the New Orleans Saints have, for instance, they will make moves to much better the group. Which means some hard decisions lie ahead.

Jarvis Landry has been the group’s leading receiver for the past three seasons, but with an out in his agreement this offseason, his days in Cleveland could be numbered.

Landry was considered a solid gamer with the Miami Dolphins, making 2 Pro Bowls and breaking reception records. He quickly became a leader after being traded to Cleveland and endeared himself to the fanbase on Hard Knocks with his famous “that’s contagious” speech and his “bless ’em” catchphrase.

That 2018 team ended the season 7-8-1 and with overflowing optimism for the future. Landry is certainly a massive part of the culture shift that happened within the company, and that is generally the first thing people raise when discussing his worth. He’s played through injuries, consisting of a hip problem in 2019 and broken ribs this season, and was required to miss his very first NFL game because he was a COVID-19 close contact. Landry has actually been nothing however a terrific teammate and leader considering that he joined the Browns, that much is certain. But he’s far from the lone culture catalyst.

Baker Mayfield, Joel Bitonio, and J.C. Tretter have had enormous effect on the culture, in addition to others. And Kevin Stefanski has actually had possibly the most profound effect of all. The culture was hazardous in 2019 and the group gave up on Freddie Kitchens over the last few video games of the project. That was an ugly scenario, and general supervisor John Dorsey went from a Cleveland demigod to canned in a matter of months.

Has Landry had a big effect on the locker room? Definitely. Is he the only one? The metaphorical glue holding the group together? Hardly. And it’s insulting to other players like Tretter, who has actually never missed a snap despite dealing with several serious injuries, to state otherwise. If Landry were really responsible for changing (or a minimum of assisting to alter) the culture, then the culture should be just great without him, no?